The One Hundred Year Seed was planted during colonial times in America, in the late part of the 17th Century. In the year,
1676; the Virginia Colony had fallen into hard times. The colony was governed by a self centered, self serving greedy tyrant
by the name of Sir William Berkeley. Berkeley played favorites amoung various friends and fellow colonists in the Virginia
Colony. He governed things so that he and his "Chosen ones" would prosper greatly in the colony, while everyone else
had to struggle just to make ends meet. He also prohibited the colonists from taking up arms to defend their homes and property
from local Native Americans, who were attacking the colonist's homesteads. This would have interfered with Governor Berkley's
So then the Cousin of Sir William Berkeley, as well as the Son of the famous Englishman, Francis Bacon; rose up against
the Governor's tyrany. His name was Nathaniel Bacon. Bacon gathered all the struggling colonists together, and Bacon's
Rebellion began. Nathaniel Bacon sure gave the Governor fits. One time the Governor threw such a tantrum, he ran out towards
Bacon, threw open his hairy chest, yelling, "Before God and all men, shoot me!". Finally, Bacon and his men besieged
the Town of Jamestown, chasing Berkeley and his officials out of the village. Anticipating the fact that Berkeley would probably
return with reinforcements, Bacon and his men made sure there would be nothing left for Bekeley and his men to take back.
And so, Bacon and his men burned Jamestown to the ground. This left the odds in the rebel's favor, and Nathaniel Bacon now
controlled the Virginia Colony.
But Nathaniel Bacon was soon struck down with a rare illness, and died. Without Bacon's charismatic leadership, Bacon's
Rebellion was quelled in short order. King Charles II of England, pardoned Bacon's men. But Tyranny did not yield to royalty
in this case, as Berkeley defied The King, and went on a bloody vengeance spree, and captured and executed as many of Bacon's
men as he could. This displeased The King greatly. The King summoned Berkeley back to England, an order he could not disobey.
Back in England, Sir William Berkeley was stripped of his power, disgraced, and he soon died a broken man.
Bacon's Rebellion had planted a One Hundred Year Seed. It was the seed of desire for American Colonists to take a stand
against tyranny. It was the seed of desire for American Colonists to take a stand against self serving Government Officials.
It was the seed of desire for American Colonists to take a stand against unfair Taxation without Representation. It
was the seed of desire to form a new nation--a nation based on freedom, democracy, and equality for all men. That seed
came to fruition 100 Years later on July 4th, 1776. The City was Philadelphia, and the place was Independence Hall, where
the Second Continental Congress signed The Declaration of Independence.