On This Day in 1770: Boston Massacre

American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The Boston Massacre or Boston riot (1770). British redcoats killed five civilian men.

March 5, 1770, The Boston Massacre: An important event that set the course for independence of the Thirteen Original colonies.

“……..Amid tense relations between the civilians and the soldiers, a mob formed around a British sentry and verbally abused him. He was eventually supported by eight additional soldiers, who were threatened and hit by clubs, stones, and snowballs. They fired into the crowd without orders, instantly killing three people and wounding others, two of whom later died of their wounds.”


“………foundation of American independence was laid”

John Adams


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