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Five colonials were randomly killed by British Redcoats when they were threatened by a a crowd of taunting Bostonians, including Crispus Attucks, an escaped mulatto slave. Following the incident, Samuel Adams put his propaganda machine into operation and called it a
massacre. Paul Revere popularized it with his engraving. John Adams, counter-intuitively and to ensure a fair trial, defended the eight British soldiers. Six of them were acquitted.
A simple ring of stones marks the site of the Boston Massacre (5-Mar-1770) and reenactments take place on the anniversary every year.
Part of the Freedom Trail™.