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The Boston Massacre occurred in the evening of The Boston Massacre began with a few colonists throwing snowballs at a soldier outside the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts. (Text, 155) The argument began to escalate as more colonists gathered. Captain Thomas Preston arrived with a number of soldiers to maintain order. (Text, 155) Captain Preston tried to get the crowd to disperse; however, the crowd continued to throw snowballs, stones, and sticks at the British soldiers. Then one of the soldiers fired into the crowd and soon after, a number of other soldiers fired into the crowd as well. Four colonists died immediately. March 5, 1770 when British soldiers opened fire on a group of American colonists. (Text, 155) One cause of the…show more content…
(Wyatt, 165) Next, Wyatt describes the crown of colonists gathered as “lads” (Wyatt, 166) Wyatt said, “the lads, etc., had sticks in their hands, laughing, shouting, huzzaing, and crying fire; but could not observe that any of them threw anything at the soldiers, or threatened any of them” (Wyatt, 166). In this quote Wyatt depicts the crowd of colonists as young and peaceful. Wyatt does this to make the actions of the British soldiers seem unjust. Wyatt then goes on to say that the officer in charge tells the soldiers to fire. However, the soldiers did not fire until the officer’s third command to fire. (Wyatt, 166) Wyatt said that instantly after the firing began, he saw three people fall down in the street. (Wyatt, 166) After the firing Wyatt claims that Captain Preston came before the soldiers yelling at them for firing. (Wyatt, 166) Wyatt states that the soldiers seemed “confounded and fired no more” (Wyatt, 166). This implies that the soldiers were confused about Preston ordering them to fine, but then, after they fired he asked them why they did it. In his testimony, William Wyatt implies sympathy for the colonists gathered outside the Boston Custom House. Wyatt portrays the colonists as young, non-violent, and innocent.
On the other hand, Captain Thomas Preston depicts himself as innocent during his account of the Boston
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