The Boston Massacre Had a Big Impact on American History

The Boston Massacre had a big impact on American history, because of how it started, with many fights, too many taxes, too many laws and too many expenses, what happened during the massacre,with the killing and injuring of colonists and British soldiers, and because of what happened afterwards, with the British troops leaving Boston, and creating anti British views.

Before the Boston Massacre happened, the colonists were very unhappy with how the British ran the colonies, (Nelson 1).The British made a group of laws called the townshend acts that the colonists had to follow and the colonists did not like this, (Nelson 1).They thought the laws broke their rights. The colonists began to protest because of this, (Nelson 1). The British also highly taxed the colonists on everything like things such as tea, glass, paper, paint, lead and many more things, (Nelson 1). Before the Massacre, fights were already breaking out between the colonists and the British because the colonists were mad about the taxes and laws and they would vandalize stores selling British goods and intimated store merchants and their customers. Many fights broke out between local workers and British soldiers, (History 1). Some colonists also tried to boycott the British products as much as possible by not ordering and trading with them as much and making more of their stuff in their colonies so that the British did not get as much of a profit, (History 1).

The Boston Massacre happened on March 5th 1770, on King Street, that night there was a crowd of angry colonists on the street, because of rumors that soldiers were going to cut down the Liberty tree and the colonists were already upset with the British because of all the taxes and laws that the colonists had to deal with, (Wallenfeldt 1).The Boston crowd attacked the British barracks with snow ice and oyster shells, (Wallenfeldt 1). The soldiers were told to stay in their barracks but in all the chaos some of the British soldiers mistakenly heard the command to fire their guns, and that night 4 people died and 6 were injured, (Wallenfeldt 1).

After the Boston Massacre, 13 people were arrested including 8 British soldiers, 1 officer and 4 citizens, (Nelson 1).They were charged with murder and put in jail. The British troops left the city of Boston, (Nelson 1).After the massacre the Colonists wanted more patriotism, (Nelson 1). The Boston Massacre also caused anti British views because the British were doing bad things and encouraging fights with blood and murder so this made lots of people have negative views about the British,(History 1).This greatly hurt the British because people stopped buying lots of their products because of this,(History 1). Later, the American and British colonists continued their disagreements with the Boston Tea party and Revolutionary War, (History 1).

Clearly, The Boston Massacre had a big impact on American history, because of how it started, with many fights, too many taxes, too many laws and too many expenses, what happened during the massacre,with the killing and injuring of colonists and British soldiers, and because of what happened afterwards, with the British troops leaving Boston, and creating anti British views. The Boston Massacre changed America because this helped get the British to leave the colonies and America to gain their freedom. If the British were still ruling and controlling America, The Americans lives out be very different today lives would be very different today.