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The British had decided in 1763 to keep an army in the coloniesand to tax the colonists to pay for it Then the British Parliamentpassed the Quartering Act in 1765 Colonists had to house Britishsoldiers and give each one candle and five pints of beer a dayGo back to England the townspeople yelled as 4000 Redcoatsgot off their ships and marched through the streets of Boston Itwas 1768 and the Redcoats moved to Boston to make sure thepeople there paid their taxes For two years the Redcoats werethere they threatened each other fist fights broke outtownspeople threw eggs at the Redcoats people trained their dogsto bite the Redcoats and people also called them namesForinstance kids called them lobster backs and bloody backsAlso it was very crowded onthe streets because there was aboutBy Sunday night March 4th 1770 Boston was boiling Alittle after eight soldiers armed with cudgels and tongs emergedfrom Murrays Barracks near the center of the town To thesurprise of almost no one a crowd-- composed largely a hostilewitness said of saucy boys Negroes and mulattoes Irish Teaguesand outlandish Jack Tars-- Gathered and traded insults with thesoldiers In the center of this crowd an imposing man who was nostranger to white peoples quarrels His name was CrispusAttucks and he was a Massachusetts native who had escaped fromslavery ans sailed the seas Tall brawny with a look that wasenough to terrify any person Attucks was well known around thedocks in lower Boston Needless to say he was not a properBostonian a fact that has pained innumerable historians He wasinstead a proper rebel a drifter a man who loved freedom andknew what it was worth He was about forty-seven on thismemorable night and he had that undefinable quality calledpresence When he spoke men listened Where he commandedmen acted It was Attucks according to eyewitnesses whoshaped and dominated the action on the night of the event knownto history as the Boston Massacre And when the people faltered
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