Effects Of The Boston Massacre

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The passing of the Townshend Acts from the British government onto the United States colonies led to the presence of two thousand British troops in Boston to enforce the taxation. The Townshend Acts were made to impose extra taxes and control the colonists' lives. Their occupation led to tensions between the colonists and British troops. Which in turn led to protests that turned violent. The events of the Boston Massacre united the colonies and sparked the beginning of the American Revolution.
The Boston Massacre took place on March 5, 1770, in Boston Massachusetts. The affair is one of many minor events that led to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Charles Hobby who saw the occurrence unfold said, “Captain Preston was then standing …show more content…

The more the colonists were pushed the more it, “incensed colonists already weary of British rule and unfair taxation and roused them to fight for independence.” The relationship between American colonists and British soldiers was further damaged because of the Boston Massacre. Furthermore, the taxes and feeling of being under constant watch due to the soldiers being quartered among them led to retaliation and a need for some sort of freedom. In the “Boston Gazette and Country Journal” it is said that “it is natural to suppose that when the inhabitants saw those laws which had been enacted for their security, and which they were ambitious of holding up to the soldiery, eluded, they should most commonly resent for themselves.” Colonists had been told that the laws and taxes were put in place for their own benefit when in reality they were put in place to make the United States more dependent on, and easier controlled by Britain. But after the unfair taxation that was placed upon the colonists, along with the aftermath of the Boston Massacre, colonists were tired of being controlled by Britain. The Boston Massacre, along with other minor events led to the colonists rebelling for a larger sense of freedom, and in turn the start of the American Revolution. The Boston Massacre proved to be a turning point in American colonists' independence from Great

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