-March 1770 -protests by colonists -British troops fire on crowd -5 colonists killed Crispus Attucks -1 st African American killed -Most soldiers found not guilty John Adams served as attorney for the soldiers
One of five people killed in the Boston Massacre Has been frequently named as the first martyr of the American Revolution The only person killed in the Boston Massacre whose name is commonly remembered
Boston Tea Party -tax on tea still remain in effect -monopoly on tea given to one British company -Dec. 1773 colonists raided Boston harbor and threw the tea overboard and burned the ships Sons of Liberty involved 365 chests of tea in harbor (worth millions) Dressed as Indians (Idea of Democracy)
Cool Site: Built Boston Tea Party & Harbor Cooperman Brick Foundry
Intolerable Acts - In response to Boston’s actions -Parliament passes Coercive Acts in reaction -Colonists call it the Intolerable Acts -closed Boston Harbor -suspended basic civil rights -housed troops in peoples’ homes
Breaking Point -In response to the Intolerable Acts in early 1774. -First Continental Congress was called in September of 1774. -Meeting of representatives from all colonies to coordinate a protest against the crown.