Nathaniel Bacon, William Berkeley, & Susquehannock

If you’re a history buff, then you know how these three guys relate to each other. If you’re not, then here’s the skinny. In 1632, William Berkeley was governor of Virginia. Nathaniel Bacon, a wealthy plantation owner, was his right hand man. Bacon (of the famous Bacon’s Rebellion) wanted the Indians land. However, since Governor Berkeley was making money trading furs with the Indians, he didn’t want anything to change. If he gave into Bacon’s demands and threw the Indians off their own land, he wouldn’t make money trading with them. So, Berkeley kept putting Bacon & his cronies off; telling them to basically make peace with the Indians. Well, this wasn’t good enough for Bacon. He decided he was going to have the land whether Governor Berkeley said so or not.

So, why do I mention all of this? I mention this to tell you about my student’s re-enactment of this moment in history. I wanted them to be able to see things from others perspective. However, things took on a life of their own (in a good way). That’s why I put this in their MUST DO packet. They really got the message. I will videotape it next year. So excited!


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