Boston Massacre

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  • It was a cold and snowy Monday night in the city of Boston. However, things soon became heated when a colonist started harassing a British soldier. The soldier soon struck the man with his musket.  
  • A mob of colonists then began arguing with the soldier and throwing ice blocks at him. The lone soldier didn't know what to do other than call for other British men to help calm down the infuriated crowd. 
  • Things escalated as the colonists kept shouting at the British to fire. A soldier was then hit by an object that came from the mob. This angered the soldier and he shot into the crowd. Chaos began and colonists fled the scene. 
  • Later that night, Captain Preseton and all the soldiers involved in the fighting were jailed and accused of killing colonists. They went on trial and six were found innocent because they were defending themselves.
  • After what became known as the Boston Massacre, Parliament decided to repeal the Townshend Acts. However, they decided to leave taxes on tea since it was very popular in the colonies at this time.
  • The tension between Britain and the colonists never disappeared. The Boston Massacre was just one of the many events that led up to April 1775, when the American War of Independence began.
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