Jade CorsonMr. EvansAP US History December 6, 2017Hero or Traitor? During the 1600’s, England began settling in North America; their first successful colony being Jamestown, Virginia, established in the year 1607. As most colonies in the New World, there was a fair amount of conflict with the Natives who had previously inhabited the land. The peak of the conflict in the Virginia colony was Bacon’s Rebellion, as Nathaniel Bacon had gone against the governor’s clear orders and ruined the alliance with the nearby Powhatan’s, and then went on to burn Jamestown to the ground. Based on my findings from the online historical scene investigation, it is definite that Nathaniel Bacon is a traitor in every sense of the word. The first traitorous quality that Nathaniel had possessed, was disobeying orders on multiple serious occasions. When Governor Berkeley had been handling the situation of surprise raids from an unidentified group of Natives, Bacon had proposed the idea to declare war on all Indians, including the Powhatan’s that were longtime allies of the Jamestown colony and paid the colony for protection. Despite Berkeley turning the idea down, Bacon took it upon himself to kill some Natives that he claimed stole corn, when they had not done so. Later, when Berkeley had called the militia, that he had previously sent after the Susquehannock Indians before they called for peace back home, Bacon had requested a commission to attack the Pamunkey- who were a group of friendly Powhatans. Berkeley said no to this, of course, because the Pamunkey were completely innocent, but Bacon disobeyed this wish and gathered a group of people together to attack the Powhatan’s. Despite the Governor instructing Bacon to not attack Jamestown’s allies, Bacon had betrayed the Governor and the entire colony by going against him and breaking their biggest alliance, which proves him to be a consistent traitor. The second, and possibly most crucial, factor that proves Nathaniel Bacon is a traitor, is that he began acting out without the good of the colony in mind, and even went as far as to make threats and attack his own people. After Bacon had handed over his confession and been restored his place in the House of Burgesses, he made a lie in order to leave Jamestown and establish a group of armed forces to help him force Berkeley into giving him commision to fight the Indians. Eventually Berkeley was forced into it, when Bacon and his group of rebels had vowed to shoot all of other Burgesses if they were denied the permission. The irony is that Bacon was willing to kill his own people to gain permission to attack the Indians, which he justified by saying attacking them would keep them from harming his people. In September of 1676, Bacon had formed a group of fellow rebels who had been residing in Jamestown, Virginia. When Berkeley had sailed in with a fleet of ships, the rebels had fled to find their leader and upon their return to the town, Berkeley had fortified it completely. Uncaring of who would suffer from the decision, Bacon had captured the wives of the men currently in Jamestown, and used them as human shields as they dug defensive trenches. Bacon didn’t mind the idea of innocent woman dying, if it meant he had a higher chance of getting his own way. Soon after Berkeley and his fleets left Jamestown via the James river, Bacon released the woman and then he and his rebel group burned down the entire colony, including the church. He was so much of a traitor that he even betrayed his god. Nathaniel Bacon had at first justified his actions as fighting for the safety of his colony, but in the end he proved that he did not care about his fellow settlers, and was a traitor to the Jamestown colony, and even God himself. Throughout the events of Bacon’s rebellion, Nathaniel Bacon continuously acted as a traitor, who eventually burned his own colony to the ground. As a new member of the colony, Bacon had began acting against the governor’s orders whenever he felt it right. Eventually this escalated to the point where the alliance between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatans was broken, and Bacon was declared a rebel. Towards the end of the rebellion, Bacon had begun to act against his own colony and his own god when he and his followers threatened the House of Burgesses and went on to sacrifice the lives of Virginian women when using them as human shields, and then burn the entire colony to the ground. Nathaniel Bacon was a traitor to Jamestown, William Berkeley, and even God, and proved this over and over again as he became the man behind the destruction of England’s first successful colony.