British soldiers in Boston
British soldiers in Boston
 
 
Patriots and British soldiers fighting
Patriots and British soldiers fighting
 
 
The shooting of Crispus Attucks
The shooting of Crispus Attucks
 
 
A drawing of Crispus Attucks
A drawing of Crispus Attucks
 
 
British soldiers shooting at colonists
British soldiers shooting at colonists
 
 
Poster about the shooting of Crispus Attucks
Poster about the shooting of Crispus Attucks
 
Boston Massacre
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

The people of Boston were upset. There were many British troops in their city. The troops were sent to keep order. The colonists did not want the British there.

In March 1770, a mob gathered around a British soldier. The mob called him names. They shouted insults. The soldier got nervous. He called fellow soldiers for help. The mob threw rocks and ice chunks. Someone yelled, fire! Gunshots rang out. It was unclear who fired. Three men were killed. Two later died from their wounds. Crispus Attucks was one of the men killed. He was an African American sailor. All the dead became Patriot heroes. Over half the people of Boston attended their funerals.

Patriots used the event to gain favor for their cause. Sam Adams was the first to call it the Boston Massacre. He asked Paul Revere to make an engraving of it. When people saw the picture, they became angrier with the British. Anger united the colonies against the British. This anger fed the fires of revolution.

Resource information

Beller, S. P., & Day, L. (2003). Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats: Soldiering in the Revolutionary War. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-First Century Books.

Bohannon, L. F. (2004). The American Revolution. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co.

Freedman, R. (2000). Give me liberty!: The story of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Holiday House.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

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