Historians say that Bacon's Rebellion was important because it highlighted issues of class that existed in Virginia at the time. During this time, the government of the colony was dominated by an elite. The rest of the colony felt that the government (led by long-time governor William Berkeley) tended to favor the interests of that elite over those of the majority. Bacon was himself a member of the elite. However, he allied himself with the common people. When conflict arose between the classes due to Berkeley's policy towards Indians, , Bacon came to lead a rebellion that included both former indentured servants and poor people, both black and white. Therefore, this rebellion is seen as a significant sign of the conflict between classes in Virginia.