The Boston Massacre And The Failure Of The Townshend Act
The colonists resorted to boycotting again this time with the women thinking that they’ll be able to get what they want, however, things did not go the way they expected it to on the event that was called the Boston Massacre. On the 5th of March, 1770, the Bostonians protesting got out of control. What was a snowball fight between the Bostonians and British quickly turned into a deadly confrontation leaving five Bostonians dead. One of the victims of the Boston Massacre was Crispus Attucks, who was a sailor of mixed of mixed race ancestry. In time, Attucks would be known as the “first martyr of the American Revolution.” Thanks to John Adams, only two of the British soldiers were convicted of manslaughter while the other seven were found not guilty. Paul Revere, however, helped stirred things up by producing a mass amount of prints that inaccurately depicting the Boston Massacre. And by 1770, British merchants approached the ministry and successfully convinced them to repeal the Townshend Act leaving only a tax on tea and thus the protest was resolved until the Tea Act came …show more content…
However, because it purchasing the tea meant that they are letting the British government tax the colonies, a group of colonists chose to dressed up as Indians and dumped all of the tea on the three ship at the Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 and has come to be known as the Boston Tea Party. Much to their surprise, this caused the British to put the Intolerable Acts into place. This act gave the British government an opportunity to demonstrate the authority that they have in the colonies. This eventually caused a war between the British and the people of Massachusetts and by 1775, many colonists felt like that the idea of independence is just a dream until Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet came along. Common Sense inspired the colonists to stand up and take arms once again with it inspirational wording: “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression.” (Paine). What Paine is trying to convey is that the kind of British tyranny exists not just here, but everywhere else in the world and if no one stands up to it, nothing will ever change. Six month after the appearance of Common Sense, colonies and Great Britain ties are broken and soon after that was the Declaration of Independence.
While most of these seems like the colonists were doing as they