Event The Boston Massacre
Date March 5th 1770
On March 5th 1770 nine soldiers met a crowd of angry colonists in the Street in front of the custom house. The Friday before 40 soldiers and 40 colonists had a big fight at a fisherman’s wharf. Everyone was still angry.
At 8’00 o’clock the colonists and the soldiers met again this time there were only 9 soldiers with muskets (guns), and around 60 colonists armed with sticks.
We know that one colonists struck one of the soldiers down and he fired his weapon. We know that 5 other soldiers fired their weapons. We know that 5 colonists died.
We have examined the facts of the case. We know the Boston “massacre” was seen as murder by the colonists. The soldiers said it was self- defense.
Tell me what you think. Was it self defense or was it murder? Were the soldiers every really in danger, or were they wrong to shoot?
State your position first: I think it was Murder… or I think it was self-defense, then use the facts of the case to back this up.