Nathaniel Bacon

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Bacon, Nathaniel


Born 1642 or 1647; died 1676. Leader of an uprising by farmers in the English colony of Virginia in North America.

Bacon was born in England into an impoverished aristocratic family. In 1673 he immigrated to North America and founded two small plantations. In 1676 he headed an uprising against the English colonizers, thus becoming a herald of later actions by the North American colonies in their demands for independence. Bacon died at the height of the uprising. (According to recent evidence of American historians, he was poisoned by hired assassins.)

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With the head of the family, the King, too far away to meet his responsibilities, the corruptions of his emissaries in the colonial government became unbearable to the men who would follow Nathaniel Bacon into military conflict with Governor Berkeley.
July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) will award the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) its Award of Merit for the authority's conversion of the historic Nathaniel Bacon School to the Bacon Retirement Community, affordable housing for the elderly.
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