On March 5, 1770 a mob of angry American colonists gathers in Boston and begins tossing snowballs and rocks at British soldiers. The colonists were protesting the British occupation of their city and rising British taxes. The red coats eventually opened fire on the protesters, killing five colonists. The incident began the ripple effect of the slogan “no taxation without representation” and helped unite the American colonies against the British. Some say the Boston Massacre was the spark that ignited the fire of the American Revolution.
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