Boston Massacre

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Boston Massacre
The Massacre that was held in Boston Massachusetts on March 5, 1770 was a small yet horrific event. It started out as colonist teased and taunted the British soldiers. They also threw rocks and whatever else they could throw at them. The soldiers reacted to this by firing back at the colonist killing five people, three were killed on impact and two died later on, several were wounded. Immediately after, the colonist disappeared and the soldiers reported back to their barracks. Even though we cannot be exact on what happened for sure about what happened that day; some eyewitnesses claim they heard the commander tell the soldiers to load their weapons and fire. Some evidence proves Captain Preston’s innocence of not commanding the soldiers to fire, and that it was done in the heat of the moment (Martin Kelly). British troops were originally sent to Boston to enforce the Townshend Act. The Boston Massacre is one of the many reasons why the thirteen colonies of Britain in America came together against the British Monarchy. There were many reasons why the Colonists felt that they should not be treated as the British treated them. The day before the massacre took place, many of civilians took different sides than the British troops at John Gray's Ropewalk in the Fort Hill district. The soldiers in the misunderstanding were arrested but pleaded not guilty days later. There were only two soldiers that were found guilty of manslaughter. They both entered a claim, and were granted right by clergy to avoid the death sentence. They were released but were branded the letter "M" for manslaughter on their thumbs. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere used the Boston Massacre as propaganda to anger the patriots in other colonies. Shortly after was the Tea Act of 1773 followed by the Boston Tea Party (Thomas Kindig). Later that night a Boston Merchant by the name of James Forrest busted into John Adams office who was a Boston Attorney. James asked John to defend the...
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