The Boston Massacre Essay

2758 Words Jul 3rd, 2005 12 Pages
The Boston Massacre was and is still a debatable Massacre. The event occurred on March 5, 1776. It involved the rope workers of the colonial Boston and two British regiments, the twenty-ninth and the fourteenth regiments. Eleven people were shot in the incident; five people were killed and the other six were merely wounded. The soldiers and the captain, Thomas Preston, were all put on trial. All were acquitted of charges of murder, however the two soldiers who fired first, Private Mathew Killroy, and Private William Montgomery, the two soldiers were guilty of manslaughter. The causes were numerous for this event. There had been a nation wide long-term dislike towards the British, and a growing hatred towards them by the people of Boston. …show more content…
Then they stormed Oliver's house looking to kill him but he was not there and they destroyed the interior of his house. Oliver had escaped to a nearby island that held the Castle William where he hid out. He was later talked into resigning his position as distributor of stamps. The next target of the mob was the governor himself. Thomas Hutchinson was believed to support the Stamp Act; he had also grabbed four of the primary political offices, and had secured political appointments for family members. This made him a primary target of mob retaliation. The mob descended on Hutchinson's house with a will. If Hutchinson hadn't escaped through the backyards of the neighboring houses he probably would have been killed. The mob continued to turn Hutchinson's house into a shack. If the night had lasted a little bit longer they would have torn the whole structure to the ground. The acts of the mob were not the only form of fighting the Stamp Act. Merchants across the colonies refused to import British goods. The first intercolonial meeting ever was held, representatives of nine out of the thirteen colonies met in New York to petition the King and Parliament. On March 17, 1766 about four months after the stamp act was put into effect, Parliament repealed it. However news traveled very slowly back then, so the colonies didn't hear about the repeal until May. The colonies gave a "sigh of relief" although their content feelings would not last for long. The

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