- ›› Coverage Geographical : Jamestown, Virginia
Imagine saying goodbye to family, friends, and familiar places to take a dangerous voyage across thousands of miles of ocean in a small wooden ship. Your destination: a strange and often hostile land. Yet, in the 1600s, thousands of Dutch, English, French, and Spanish men and women did just that because of poverty, religious persecution, or a hope that a better life lay across the Atlantic Ocean.
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Africans were sold into slavery in the British North American colonies for the first time by Dutch traders at Jamestown, Virginia.
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Nathaniel Bacon (1647–1676) was a Virginia landowner and planter who instigated an uprising against the royal government of Virginia in 1676. Bacon’s Rebellion broke out over colonists’ anger with the royal government for failing to expel Indians and make way for settlement. Bacon led the rebel forces in attacking Indians and burning the colonial capital of Jamestown. Willian Berkeley, the royal governor, fled and was recalled to England, but the rebellion faded soon after Bacon’s death in 1676.