Bacon's Rebellion, Part 2

“The Burning of Jamestown” by Howard Pyle, circa 1905. Public domain

Last time, we talked about the many reasons Virginia colonists were frustrated by the 1670s, including the price of tobacco, taxation, and disparities between the richest colonists and everyone else. But another issue actually sparked the rebellion.

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Topics in this Podcast: 17th century, Virginia, Bacon’s Rebellion, colonial America, U.S. history, Native American history, slavery, indentured servitude, racism