Event Summary

Boston Massacre

Date

March 5, 1770

Description

British troops fire on Boston mob, killing five, including Crispus Attucks, a sailor. Over 10,000 turn out three days later for the funeral of the victims. British troops later exonerated, following trial in which John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr., defended them and their commander, Captain Preston. Adams characterized the mob as "a motley rabble of saucy boys, negroes and mulattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish Jack Tars."

Lecture

Navy/Warfare

Timeline 1

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815

Record ID

333