This famous piece of colonial propaganda depicts the sensationalized portrayal of the skirmish, later to become known as the "Boston Massacre," between British soldiers and citizens of Boston on March 5, Also called the American War of Independence. The audio, illustrations, photos, and videos are credited beneath the media asset, except for promotional images, which generally link to another page that contains the media credit. The Rights Holder for media is the person or group credited. Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society. For information on user permissions, please read our Terms of Service.
Mar 5, 1770 CE: Boston Massacre
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Since the people of Boston had been heading protests against British taxation , first against the Stamp Act and then in against the Townshend Acts. Citizens believed that Britain did not have the right to tax them because they did not elect their representatives in Parliament. Only the Massachusetts Assembly, whose members were elected every year, had the right to levy taxes on its citizens. Riots and protests were common occurrences as well as attacks on tax officials. The purpose of the 14 th and 29 th regiments was to protect government officials against mob attacks, restore order and reinforce collection of taxes.
Boston Massacre , March 5, , skirmish between British troops and a crowd in Boston , Massachusetts. Widely publicized, it contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in much of North America in the years before the American Revolution. In , in an attempt to recoup the considerable treasure expended in the defense of its North American colonies during the French and Indian War —63 , the British Parliament enacted strict provisions for the collection of revenue duties in the colonies. The imposition of those duties—on lead, glass, paper, paint, and tea upon their arrival in colonial ports—met with angry opposition from many colonists in Massachusetts.
The Boston Massacre , known to the British as the Incident on King Street ,  was a confrontation on March 5, in which British soldiers shot and killed several people while being harassed by a mob in Boston. 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 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.