It was a bitterly cold March evening in 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts. A mob of mad colonists started to form as British Private Hugh White nervously surveyed the streets. The colonists, who were known as Patriots, resented the Redcoats who had occupied their city.
A Group of Patriots insulted mockingly taunted Private White. They also insulted a British officer, daring him to fire his gun. White insisted that the Patriots be respectful to the officer. When the Colonists refused, White who had grown extremely angry, hit a Patriot on the head with the butt of his musket. Enraged by this, the Patriots pressed in on the soldiers.
More Redcoats showed up and increased in their rage and their numbers. The Patriots insolently threw sticks, stones, and large chunks of ice at the British. Soon, a soldier was hit with a rock, causing his gun to fire. The Soldiers, who were now outnumbered, panicked, and they fired a volley of bullets into the angry mob. Many Colonists were hit, and five were killed. It was clear that more trouble would follow this Bloody Massacre.