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March 5th, 1770
Boston, United States
Townshend Acts; occupation of Boston; killing of Christopher Seider and the pardon of his killer
The Boston Massacre was a skirmish between British troops and a crowd in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1770. As the event was heavily publicized by leading Patriots, it contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in much of colonial North America and paved the way for the American Revolution.
The Boston Massacre had a major impact on relations between Britain and the American colonists. A few years later, the colonists continued their rebellion and staged the Boston Tea Party, formed the First Continental Congress and launched the American Revolution.