The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre

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  • Angry Colonists
  • Stop taking our jobs!
  • Get out of our cities!
  • Getting Worse
  • Lobsterback!
  • Violence
  • In 1770, the colonists were still angry that British soldiers were living in their towns and cities.  Also, they were upset when soldiers took jobs away from them by working low pay in their spare time.
  • Gunshot
  • As time went on, the relationship between the soldiers and the colonists became worse.  Some soldiers went out of their way to bother local citizens.  Before long, name-calling and fist fights in the streets were common.
  • Panic
  • On March 5, 1770, the bad feelings in Boston erupted into violence.  It was a bitterly cold night, and a soldier was standing outside of the Customs House.  A crowd started gathering, and people were calling the soldier names.  Soon, stones and snowballs were being thrown at the soldier.  8 other soldiers hurried to the guard's side.
  • The Boston Massacre
  • Everyone!
  • More chunks of ice and snowballs were thrown at the soldiers.  Afterward, some said that Captain Preston told his soldiers not to fire their guns.  But one soldier said that he heard the command, "Fire!" and so shot his gun into the crowd.
  • When the crowd moved toward the soldiers, they panicked and fired.  Within moments, five people lay dead or dying.  Six more were wounded.
  • The colonists called this tragic event The Boston Massacre.  Samuel Adams, a leader of protests against the British, made sure that news of the massacre spread throughout the colonies.
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