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The Boston Massacre
Do not Fire!
Do not fire your guns, soldiers.
In 1770, the colonists were still angry at the British soldiers. They thought the soldiers were rowdy and rude. They were also upset when the soldiers were taking away their jobs. Things were especially tense in the city of Boston.
The crowd taunted the soldiers. They were throwing snowballs filled with ice chunks and rocks. Afterward, some said that Captain Preston told his soldiers not to fire, but one soldiers thought he said "Fire!" and he shot his gun into the crowd. Five people lay dead or dying. Six more were wounded.
The colonists called this tragic event the Boston Massacre. Paul Revere pictured the event in an engraving of copper. The engraving shows soldiers firing at a peaceful crowd, though that isn't exactly what happened. Samuel Adams, a leader of protests against the British. He made sure that the news about the Boston Massacre spread throughout the colonies.
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