The making of the American nation; a history for elementary schools . hecame to the front. The manwas Nathaniel Bacon. Baconasked for an officers commis-sion empowering him to raisetroops with which to fight theIndians, but Governor Berke-ley refused to give it. Dur-ing the quarrel over thismatter, in which both mendid various things which werenot strictly lawful, Baconmanaged to have himself elect-ed to the House of Burgesses.For a time the quarrel waspatched up, and Berkeley gaveBacon a commission as com-mander of the militia. Baconraised a force of about onethousand men and started forthe s

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The making of the American nation; a history for elementary schools . hecame to the front. The manwas Nathaniel Bacon. Baconasked for an officers commis-sion empowering him to raisetroops with which to fight theIndians, but Governor Berke-ley refused to give it. Dur-ing the quarrel over thismatter, in which both mendid various things which werenot strictly lawful, Baconmanaged to have himself elect-ed to the House of Burgesses.For a time the quarrel waspatched up, and Berkeley gaveBacon a commission as com-mander of the militia. Baconraised a force of about onethousand men and started forthe s Stock Photo
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The making of the American nation; a history for elementary schools . hecame to the front. The manwas Nathaniel Bacon. Baconasked for an officers commis-sion empowering him to raisetroops with which to fight theIndians, but Governor Berke-ley refused to give it. Dur-ing the quarrel over thismatter, in which both mendid various things which werenot strictly lawful, Baconmanaged to have himself elect-ed to the House of Burgesses.For a time the quarrel waspatched up, and Berkeley gaveBacon a commission as com-mander of the militia. Baconraised a force of about onethousand men and started forthe scene of the Indian trou-bles. As soon as he was fairlyout of sight. Governor Berkeley proclaimed him a rebel andcollected a force of twelve hundred men, who were ordered tocapture him. When Bacon learned of this, he started back withhis troops. At this the governor was deserted by his force.Bacon brought his company back to Jamestown, and as a showof resistance was made, he captured and burned the town. Very sliortly after this Bacon was overcome by severe illness. Fr.iiii tlu puintiii;4 hy Krlly. Bacon demands his Commission fromGovernor Berkeley. THE SOUTHERN COLONIES 35 and died. Berkeley quickly returned to Jamestown, seized thegovernment, and hanged about twenty of Bacons followers. Onaccount of his conduct he was recalled to England.^ The Progress of Virginia. — Virginia remained the wealthiest ofthe American colonies up to the time of the War of the Revolu-tion. That her progress was not so rapid as that of New York orPennsylvania was due in part to the absence of good roads andcommercial centers ; it was also due to the conservative characterqf the people, who, being very prosperous, were content to letwell enough alone. Governor Berkeley, in his time, wrote, Ithank God there are no free schools and no printing; but afterthis period a broad and liberal spirit was manifested towardeducational affairs. Through the energy of James Blair, Williamand Mary College was estab

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