On this day in March, 1770, a mob of angry colonists gathered at the Customs House in Boston and begins tossing snowballs and rocks at the lone British soldier guarding the building. The protesters opposed the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston in 1768 to enforce unpopular taxation measures passed by a British parliament without direct American representation.
The Friday prior, British soldiers looking for part-time work and local Bostonian laborers engaged in a brawl at John Hancock’s wharf. The incident escalated to include forty soldiers, and their colonel, William Dalrymple confined them to their barracks. Peace settled over the city during the two-day observance of the Puritan Sabbath. However, tempers on both sides were still flaring and on Monday, March 5, after sunset, a brawl between Boston civilians and British soldiers began again.
The customs-house sentinel called for assistance, and was answered by … Read more »Continue