Essay about Boston Massacre

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The Boston Massacre was an extremely important event in American History. Also, it a very controversial topic. To this day, no one can really give an accurate description of the events that transpired. The Boston Massacre was not a random event at all; many actions led up to the massacre. As a result of this disaster, America was changed forever and sent on a road towards revolution. The Boston Massacre was a defining moment in American history.
     Many people believe that the Boston Massacre was a spur of the moment event. This is totally untrue. The French and Indian war put England in debt making England look for other sources of income. The king of England believed that the colonists should help to pay for
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The Townshend Acts were meant to replace the Stamp Act, which was repealed in 1766. These new acts greatly angered the Bostonians.
     To enforce the before mentioned acts, Townshend began to use the writs of assistance. The writs of assistance allowed British troops to search someone’s house for goods that were smuggled into America. Usually someone would have to obtain a warrant in order to search the house, but the writ allowed the house so be searched without a warrant and without even specifying what was being targeted in the inspection. The writs of assistance enraged the colonists more than any of the other acts. Before the laws would be enforced though, Townshend died (Hansen 141).
     One of the physical conflicts preceding the Boston Massacre happened at John Gray’s Ropewalk.
               “On Friday Mr. John Gray told me to go to his Ropewalk to                     make some cables. I went and worked till about 12, and                          then I saw a soldier coming down the outside ropewalk,
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