Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre, the death of five civilians on March 5, 1770, helped spark the American Revolutionary War.

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When did Boston proclaim March 17 Evacuation Day?

In 1776 early in the American Revolution British forces evacuated Boston, Massachusetts, after George Washington placed artillery overlooking the city. It has been a legal holiday in Suffolk County since 1941. Although it is a holiday in Suffolk County only (according to the 1941 ruling), all state employees get the day off with pay! Even those who live and/or work at the other end of Massachusetts.

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Where did the arena massacre take place?

The Arena Massacre took place in Trinidad and Tobago on December 1st 1698.

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Did Boston have a name prior to being called Boston?

Originally, Boston was named Tremontaine (three mountains). This was in reference to the three large hills found on the Shawmut Peninsula. It's a good thing the name didn't stick because today only one of the three hills remains (Beacon). The other two were removed to supply fill material for Back Bay.

Boston was named after Boston, Lincolnshire, England. Back then many of the town's prominent citizens had emigrated from the English village.

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Who is the first person to die during the Boston massacre?

Crispus Attucks was the first to die, he died instantly after he was shot.

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What or who is Boston named after?

Historians have debated this, but generally, it is believed Boston was named after the town of Boston in Lincolnshire, England; it is located about 100 miles north of London. Some people have also said that Boston was actually a shortened version of St. Botolph's Town, which is the original name of the town in England.

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When did the Declaration of Independence first arrive in Boston?

July 18, 1776

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What was the 'Lari Massacre'?

On the night of March 26, 1953, a group of homesteads on the Lari ridge was attacked by a large body of men. An estimated 97 people died. This was the Lari Massacre.

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Who put up posters describing the Boston massacre slaughter?

Samuel Adams put up posters describing the Boston massacre.

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Who defend the redcoats after the Boston massacre?

John Adams defended the redcoats after the Boston Massacre.

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Is Herod's Massacre of the Innocents historical Matthew 2 v6?

There is no historical evidence of King Herod's 'Massacre of the Innocents' in Matthew 2:16-18. In fact, the first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, when condemning Herod for every wrong of which he knew, never mentions what would have been Herod's most heinous act. Moreover, Matthew's story of the young family fleeing from Bethlehem and Luke's story of the young family travelling peacefully from Bethlehem to Nazareth, via Jerusalem, can not both be true.
Modern biblical scholars say that the story of Herod's 'Slaughter of the Innocents' was actually based on the Old Testament story of Moses, in which the pharaoh ordered all the infant boys under two years old to be slaughtered.

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Who was the mulatto killed in the Boston massacre?

Crispus Attucks

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What are some rhyming clues about the Boston Massacre?

causing acree

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How was the painting of the Boston massacre used for propaganda?

It is used to promote anger amongst the Patriots. You see the armed British outnumbering the defenseless people in the town square and murdering them. In truth, only five people were killed and the British fired in the from of defense. The citizens were provoking the soldiers by throwing ice and stones at them, but that was not mentioned in the article, slandering the British.

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How did the Boston Massacre contribute to the American Revolution?

The Boston massacre was more about propiganda than anything else.

I agree. The British troops who fired on Americans were basically being harassed and menaced by an angry mob. They fired only after they were pelted with snowballs, ice chunks, and rocks.

At the time of the incident there were many colonists who sere opposed to British troops being stationed in North America and they described the event in a manner that would discredit the British troops and gain support for their own campaign to rid America of the British Army.

The word massacre is also an overstatement as just five men died. It is one of the earliest example of the press influencing popular opinion.

It contributed to the American Revolution because the killing of five colonist angered the Americans, it was also used as a symbol of Enlish injustice in the colonies. This event was also used as a reason of why the colonist should break away from a corrupt English government that were trying to take away the colonist basic rights.

Another Answer is that the English shot and killed a couple of people in the boston massacure and they were feed up so they went to war

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When the Minutemen faced the British Redcoats at the start of the Battle of Lexington what did their captain yell?

Their captain yell, " Don't fire unless fired upon"

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How was the Boston massacre a turning point in British colonies?

It was the last straw for the colonsits.

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What was the Boston Massacre?

The Boston Massacre, also known as the Incident on King Street, was a street fight that occurred on March 5, 1770, between a "patriot" mob, throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks, and a squad of British soldiers. Several colonists were killed and this led to a campaign by speech-writers to rouse the ire of the citizenry.

The presence of British troops in the city of Boston was increasingly unwelcome. The riot began when about 50 citizens attacked a British sentinel. A British officer, Captain Thomas Preston, called in additional soldiers, and these too were attacked, so the soldiers fired into the mob, killing 3 on the spot (a black sailor named Crispus Attucks, ropemaker Samuel Gray, and a mariner named James Caldwell), and wounding 8 others, two of whom died later (Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr).

A town meeting was called demanding the removal of the British and the trial of Captain Preston and his men for murder. At the trial, John Adams and Josiah Quincy II defended the British, leading to their acquittal and release. Samuel Quincy and Robert Treat Paine were the attorneys for the prosecution. Later, two of the British soldiers were found guilty of manslaughter.

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What are present-day race relations in the United States?

Obviously everyone has their own perception of racism, what it constitutes, what is acceptable behavior. Historically, rural areas and states in the South have been stereotyped as having more racist ideologies amongst their populations. Attitudes towards other races, including intermarriage and interracial children are much more open minded than they were even fifty years ago. Along with acceptance and tolerance, there is the downside of slightly growing numbers of interracial crime--although the vast majority of crimes are still interracial.

Another stereotype is the solely black/white element of racism. There is no denying the poor treatment of blacks, Indians, and other races over the course of U.S. history, both socially and through enacted laws, but the elements of racism amongst minorities (including racism towards darker or lighter skinned members of their own race, or members of their own race from other nations or cultures) has been overlooked at times.

The Rodney King beating and subsequent riots in L.A. after the trial, the O.J Simpson trial, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the debate over illegal aliens are examples of issues of that affected racial relations. Classism was also tied in with many of these occurrences--the idea that a person who was wealthier or more socially prominent received better treatment or better "justice" than a a middle class or poor person of the same race. Statistics on perceptions or racism and racial relations can be found online.

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What type of celebrations occur in Boston to honor evacuation day?

I grew up in South Boston, in the shadows of Dorchester Heights, and March 17th being St. Patrick's Day, there were many festivites. The day usually stated with a memorial service at the Heights, and tower monument was open to the public. This is about the only "Evacuation Day" ceremony. The rest of the day was celebrated as a South Boston holiday and St Patrick's Day. The movie theater used to have free cartoons all morning. The boxing Golden Gloves tournament at the South Boston Municipal gym was scheduled. There was always a political roast the eve of St Pat's day held in Southie, which is now held at the convention center. The highlight of the day was the parade. A rather large parade though South Boston, which is a must for politicians. I remember seeing JFK (as a congressman), and Ted Kennedy, and many other Massachusetts politicians in parade. The parade has been moved to Sunday now, in order to keep the crowd tamer (and sober).

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Was the Boston Tea Party retaliation for the Boston massacre?

No. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the lowering of the cost of the British tea by the government and the East India tea company who had gotten a bail out from the crown in 1773. The smugglers in the colonies found the Dutch tea that they sold was higher in price than the British tea, so they staged the Boston Tea Party and others in harbors in the colonies ( Hamilton was one of the largest smugglers in the colonies and a founding member of the Son's of Liberty). The cost of tea also went as far back as the Navigation Acts and the restricting of trade to and from the colonies passed from 1650-1733. Tea was also taxed in 1767 in the Townsend Acts. The Boston Massacre happened in 1770 and was a great propaganda tool for men like Paul Revere ( he drew the picture featured in the handbills of the time) who were trying to sway public opinion against the British. The actual events did not happen as were reported and John Adams defended the soldiers who were put on trial ( modern historians have proven the events were different than the myth. See History Channel programs). So, as you can see they were not connected except for the fact it all took place in the colonies.

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What did King George III do for America?

King George the III was the King of engalnd during the time of the American Revolution. He imposed taxes on the people of the colonies-the stamp act, the sugar act, and the quartering act. He was hated by the people in the colonies.
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How did the Boston massacre present a good opportunity for the colonists to use propaganda againist the British?

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Americans have always needed a "catalyst" to go to war. An event of such magnitude as to awaken us from our slumber. The Leopard-Chesapeake Affair for the War of 1812,the sinking of the USS Maine for the Spanish-American War, the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram for WWI, Pearl Harbor for WWII, 9-11 for the current war in Iraq, etc. The Boston branch of the Sons of Liberty, led by Sam Adams hoped that the Boston Massacre was going to be the catalyst for the Revolution. It didn't quite make it. The incident may have been instigated by Adams and his group, and the successful defense of the accused British soldiers by Sam's cousin, John Adams helped diffuse the situation. Nevertheless it was the first time that colonial blood had been spilled by British troops and for that fact alone it is certainly noteworthy. The Boston Massacre was outstanding propaganda material for the patriot cause because it allowed all of the colonies to share in the pain, outrage, and fear experienced by the peoples of Boston and Massachusetts.The Sons of Liberty were particularly adept at spreading such propaganda and using it to fan the embers of Revolution.

Answer 2

The Boston Massacre wasn't really British soldiers firing on innocent colonist, it was a group of drunkards and angry colonists throwing rocks and beer bottles at British soldiers, the colonists had cornered the soldiers and the soldiers fired at the colonists from fear of their lives and killed five of the colonists, Paul Revere caught this moment in a etching and labeled it the "Boston Massacre" thus causing a major uproar throughout the colonies and the Sons of Liberty took advantage of this anger and turned the colonists against the British peoples.

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How did the Boston massacre effect the revolutionary war?

it got people killed

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When did King George III reign?

King George III of England was born on 4th June 1738 and became King on 25th October 1760 following the death of his father, King George II.

He was initially King of Great Britain and King of Ireland but became King of the United Kingdom Of Britain and Ireland on 1st January 1801.

He reigned until his death on 29th January 1820 when he was succeeded by his eldest son who then became King George IV.

George III suffered from extreme mental illness, which was not understood at the time, and for the last ten years of his reign the country was ruled by his eldest son as Prince Regent.

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