American Colonies by Tim McNeese

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For a short period, an attempt was made to unite the two halves under one governor, but traditional patterns of settlement won out. In 1712, the Carolinas were officially separated into two, distinct colonies. 39 © Milliken Publishing Company New Netherland Falls to the English W hile King Charles II helped establish the Carolinas as proprietorship colonies along the southern seaboard of North America, he also set his sights on establishing another Restoration colony to the north, where, by the 1660s, the Dutch colony of New Netherland had become a successful and lucrative colonial venture.

Soon, other tribes joined the Wampanoags. Bloodshed spread throughout the region. King Philip’s War lasted about one year. The settlement of Pocumtuck was set ablaze. When Metacom himself was killed (shot by an Indian guide working for the English), he was decapitated and his body hacked to pieces. By the time the war ended, about 50 percent of the Indians living in New England had been either killed or had fled the region. Review and Write Why were colonial Indian wars often not simply struggles between whites and Indians?

But one such man, a recent arrival to Virginia named Nathaniel Bacon, a well-bred Englishman who had already been invited to serve on Berkeley’s council, sided with the frontiersmen against Berkeley. When Bacon returned to Jamestown after the raid, an angry Berkeley had him arrested. When the frontiersmen appeared to rally behind the imprisoned Bacon, Berkeley agreed to release him, but only after Bacon agreed to halt his actions. But by June, Bacon returned to Jamestown with 500 followers demanding permission from the governor to kill Indians once again.

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