By: Angela Pak, Dianna Carvajal, Mike Malkhaz The boston massacre
There was tension between the British and the colonists. • Heavy taxation • Quartering Act • Caused by American colonists. • A colonist harasses a British soldier The soldier hits the colonist on the head with his musket A mob of 200 forms and harasses British soldiers, throwing snow & ice, daring them to fire A British soldier is struck by a Patriot British soldiers fire at crowd as self-defense. Causes
March 5, 1770 in Boston • Not really a “massacre.” Only 5 men died. • Paul Revere made an engraving depicting the British firing on a crowd of unresisting civilians. • Thomas Hutchinson, the current governor at the time, ordered British troops out of Boston and arrested the soldiers. • The British soldiers who were arrested were accused of murder and tried in court, defended by radicals Samuel Adams and Josiah Quincy Jr. Facts
This is the famous engraving by Paul Revere. It greatly exaggerated British violence in the scene.
The Boston Massacre was used as propaganda for anti-British campaigns • It inflamed anti-British feeling • Parliament repealed the Townshend Acts (except Tea Act) the same day, halting American resistance. • The Boston Massacre wasn’t the spark of the Revolutionary war, but it was a step towards the war. Effects