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Boston Massacre

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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.

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About the Boston Massacre
An excellent place to start your research on the Massacre. Includes both British and Colonial accounts of the event.

More About the Boston Massacre
Article examines the massacre in detail, with an eye toward finding the truth in both sides of the argument.

The Development of the Revolution
An examination of life in the 18th Century and how it led to the American Revolution.

Elsewhere on the Web:
More 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 afterward.

American History Online: The Boston Massacre
A few details but primarily a link to John Hancock's speech about the massacre and Paul Revere's engraving of the event.

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