a riot in Boston (March 5, 1770) arising from the resentment of Boston colonists toward British troops quartered in the city, in which the troops fired on the mob and killed several persons.
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How to use Boston Massacre in a sentence
“This is not exactly John Adams defending the Redcoats after the Boston Massacre,” the aide said.Republicans Attack Obama DOJ Nominee Who Defended a ‘Cop-Killer’ | David Freedlander | February 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Acts of violence even occured in some of the colonies—for example, the Boston Massacre.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Without further preface, Grandfather began the story of the Boston Massacre.Grandfather's Chair | Nathaniel Hawthorne
A vast monument, erected a mere quarter of a century ago, commemorates the "Boston Massacre."American Sketches | Charles Whibley
The mulatto Attucks was one of the victims of the Boston Massacre, and was buried with honor among the "martyrs of liberty."
These outrages led to the so-called Boston Massacre, more fully described in a previous chapter.The Loyalists of Massachusetts | James H. Stark
Cultural definitions for Boston Massacre
A clash between British troops and townspeople in Boston in 1770, before the Revolutionary War. The British fired into a crowd that was threatening them, killing five, including Crispus Attucks. The soldiers had been sent to help the government maintain order and were resented even before this incident. The killings increased the colonists' inclination toward revolution.
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