Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre

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  • I wish I didn't have to pay so many taxes and have to deal with these Redcoats all the time!
  • You're almost as bad as that British soldier over there!
  • What did you say?!
  • This will teach you to mess with the British army!
  • Boston was suffering from high taxes and British soldiers living in their city. Tensions were high.
  • Help!
  • We can't let this Redcoat get away with this! We demand justice! 
  • On March 5th, 1770, British soldier Hugh White was standing guard outside the Customs House when an argument broke out. Private White decided to get involved.
  • Down with the King!
  • Steady boys... Only fire if fired upon.
  • I'm going to shoot one of these stupid colonists.
  • A young wigmaker's apprentice, Edward Garrick, started insulting the young private very publicly. Hugh White used his musket to strike Edward Garrick on the head.
  • Later that night, a mob of angry Bostonians gathered to shout insults at the British soldier. Private White was afraid for his life.
  • Captain Thomas Preston was called to the scene. He ordered his men to load their guns but not fire. Unfortunately, someone did fire, and they all fired, killing 5 men.
  • This became known as the Boston Massacre and was an important piece of propaganda for the colonies against the British. Only two of the soldiers were punished in court.
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