The Conestoga Massacre: The Regulator Movement

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During the eighteenth-century, settlers in the back country resorted to armed insurrection to affect change in the political, economic, and social realms of their colonies and states. In 1763, there was a group known as the Paxton Boys. The Paxton Boys were formed to retaliate against American Indians and the Pontiac Rebellion after the French and Indian War. The Paxton Boys killed many Susquehannock, also known as Conestogas. This act was known as the Conestoga Massacre. After the attacks made on the Conestoga, about 250 of the Paxton Boys marched to Philadelphia to present their hardships and grievances to the legislature. The Regulator movement took place in the 1760’s. Two groups, one from South Carolina and another from North

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