The Boston Massacre: Cause Of The American Revolution

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The Boston Massacre was not a random event there were many actions that had led up to this massacre. On March 5, 1770 shots were fired from the British toward the colonists. But why?Why did the British fire? The Boston Massacre was important to the American revolution because the British killed unarmed colonists and the event would counting to spark the start of revolution. The colonists were already uncontent because of British taxation, and the Boston Massacre would further enrage them. Tension had been high since October 1768 when 4,000 British troops first appeared in Massachusetts to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend acts. Reinforcement troops were sent by the parliament to increase the taxes on the American colonies.…show more content…
Everything escalated from that point. Crispus Attucks and other dockhands arrived armed In Front of the customs house. Captain Thomas Preston had heard all the commotion and called more soldiers and ran over to the post, and shoved down muskets and pushed through colonists and started shouting at his men not to fire. Throughout all the the loud screams a musket had fried followed by many many more. Soldiers just aimed their guns up and fired, They didn’t know exactly where their bullets were going because of all the debris and smoke in the air. When the Smoke cleared the British had seen that they had just killed 5 colonists by the names of Crispus Attucks, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, And James Caldwell. A town meeting was called to discuss what had just happened in the streets of Boston demanding to remove the trail of Captain Preston and his men for murder. At the trial John Adams and Josiah Quincy II were defending the British regarding their discharge. Samuel Quincy and Robert Treat Paine were the attorneys for the prosecution. As more time passed two British soldiers were found guilty of
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