Definition: Shooting of
five American colonists by British troops on March 5, 1770.
One person, an African-American man named Crispus Attacks,
was killed. Nearly every part of the story is disputed by
both sides. Did the colonists have weapons? The British say
rocks and other such weapons were hurled at them. But the
British had guns, and they did open fire. The Boston
Massacre deepened American distrust of the British military
presence in the colonies.
the Boston Massacre
An excellent place to start your research on the Massacre.
Includes both British and Colonial accounts of the
About the Boston
Article examines the massacre in detail, with an eye toward
finding the truth in both sides of the argument.
Development of the
An examination of life in the 18th Century and how it led to
the American Revolution.
on the Web:
Details on the Massacre
This site gives you a more in-depth picture of the events
that led up to the shootings and what happened
History Online: The Boston
A few details but primarily a link to John Hancock's speech
about the massacre and Paul Revere's engraving of the
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