The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre

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  • The Boston Massacre
  • Do not Fire!
  • Do not fire your guns, soldiers.
  • Paul Revere
  • 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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