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The Boston Massacre is considered by many historians to be the first battle of the Revolutionary War The fatal incident happened on March 5 of 1770 The massacre resulted in the death of five colonists British troops in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were there to stop demonstrations against the Townshend Acts and keep order but instead they provoked outrage The British soldiers and citizens brawled in streets and fought in bars The citizens viewed the British soldiers as potential oppressors competitors for jobs and a treat to social mores Mahin 1 A defiant anti-British fever was lingering among the townspeople There are three major things that led to the Boston Massacre First was the growing mistrust among the British soldiers and Americans There were a number of other incidents were the British clashed with the patriots and their supporters Individual soldiers were beaten on street corners and soldiers abused unarmed civilians In all the Americans in Boston made it clear that the British soldiers were unwanted The second reason is somewhat odd The removal of two out of four regiments meant there were to inadequate amounts of soldiers to keep the peace There were enough on the other hand to remind the patriots of the great British military The last reason would be the revolt of the Townshend Acts The patriots and Americans did not agree and strife with the British soldiers over it The Act built tension between the two Griswold 23 On March 5 1770 the dreadful day came A mob of people went in front of the Customs Office in Boston Massachusetts and started to throw stuff and give insults at the soldiers As a result to this so-called harassment the soldiers fired on the crowd The first to die was a black man named Crispus Attucks He was a native of Frainghan Massachusetts He escaped from slavery in 1750 and had become a sailor Crispus Attucks is considered the first martyr
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