Boston Massacre Site


Propaganda print from the engraving
by Paul Revere, 1770




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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™.

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The failure of the Loyalists to flock to the royal standard cannot be understood without appreciating how effectively they had been locked down and neutralized by the patriots. Loyalists could not buy, sell, or bequeath property or other assets. They were barred from all legal recourse to recover debts or redress any other injury. They could not practice law or teach unless they had taken an oath of allegiance to the cause. They could not be executors of estates or be a guardian to a child. Any person who wrote, or spoke, or by any act libeled or defamed Congress ... should be brought to trial.

Michael Stephenson
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)