The Boston Massacre

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The Boston Massacre was and is still a debatable Massacre. The event occurred on March 5, 1776. It involved the rope workers of the colonial Boston and two British regiments, the twenty-ninth and the fourteenth regiments. Eleven people were shot in the incident; five people were killed and the other six were merely wounded. The soldiers and the captain, Thomas Preston, were all put on trial. All were acquitted of charges of murder, however the two soldiers who fired first, Private Mathew Killroy, and Private William Montgomery, the two soldiers were guilty of manslaughter. The causes were numerous for this event. There had been a nation wide long-term dislike towards the British, and a growing hatred towards them by the people of Boston.…show more content…
The part about the bill that really alarmed the colonists, was that the revenue collected from the tax was going to be used to pay the salaries of royal officials in the colonies. This would make the officials independent of colonial assemblies. Sam Adams and James Otis, both active Patriots sent a letter to all the colonies asking for a "nonimportation agreement". While this was going on the prime minister had sent out five commissioners to monitor the collection of the new taxes in Boston. These commissioners were given the right to enter into any random household at any given time to search for smuggled goods. The colonists hated the tax collectors and gave them little of their cooperation . The officials went too far in June when they falsely accused John Hancock of having illegally smuggled goods aboard his boat, the Liberty. A mob of angry colonists went after the officials, and forced them to flee to the safety of Castle William, which was located on an island in the harbor. When the British officials caught wind of this they ordered four regiments to go and beat Boston into submission to make an example to the rest of the colonies. In September 1768 the two regiments from Nova Scotia arrived and marched up King Street and into the city. Lieutenant Colonel William Dalrymple demanded that the city provide in home housing for his soldiers. The city council denied him this, because they did not have to
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