the boston massacre of 1770, king street boston. a customs dispute turns into something of an “occupation” of the square by citizens of boston angry with the militarization of their city by british regulars. they pelt a lone infantryman with ice and insults, challenging him to shoot. captain preston leads a squad outside to deal with the commotion, and the crowd only grows more unruly. without orders, the soldiers open fire on the unarmed people, striking eleven. five are killed outright, two more die of their wounds later.

this is a propaganda piece by samuel adams depicting the incident, with dark-skinned crispus attucks on the ground bleeding from two chest wounds; the first man of color to die in the american revolutionary war.

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  3. traaashhhhkat said: Paul Revere actually made this…you can even see his signature in the bottom right hand corner.
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