The Spirit of ’76

King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion, 1675–1676

Authored by: Jason Warren

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533805
eBook ISBN: 9781315817347
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813354


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The years 1675–1676 were pivotal in early America. Two conflicts altered the nature and direction of England’s colonies in the New World. Bacon’s Rebellion and King Philip’s War destroyed or displaced native groups, which inhabited the eastern seaboard from northern Massachusetts to Virginia’s southern border. Both New England and Virginian colonists and their Indian allies fought wars of survival against other Native Americans. For the colonists, conflict brought civil war or the threat of it, and caused royal intervention in the New World.

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