boston massacre

boston massacre

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  • On March 5, 1770, guards were routinely standing guard in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Suddenly, a message was sent that a mob was approaching the area where the government's money was located and stored.
  • Readying for a confrontation, reinforcements were sent to maintain the peace, with Captain Thomas Preston in charge.
  • When the mob arrived, they were hurling snowballs and insults alike at the British guards. 
  • The mob began chanting "Fire, fire, and be damned!" repeatedly, all the while becoming more and more unruly. Captain Preston tried to intervene and reason with the crowd.
  • Suddenly, one guard fired, and another soon after, and another after him. In total, 5 Bostonians were killed that day. Captain Preston swears that it was not he that ordered the troops to commence firing, but the crowd.
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