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Engraving Inaccuracies Revere shows the British soldiers in line whereas when it actually happened both sides were aggressive and uncontrollable. www.bostonmassacre.net Your complete resource on the event. Pictures, documents, location, trial, participants, timeline and much more.
Engraving Inaccuracies Paul Revere's engraving showed a blue sky and a little moon in the top left corner of the page. In the actual riot, it was past nine o'clock on a cold winter night. www.bostonmassacre.net Your complete resource on the event. Pictures, documents, location, trial, participants, timeline and much more.
Engraving Inaccuracies Revere's engraving shows Captain Preston behind his men telling them to fire. But, actually he was in front of his men telling them not to fire. static1.squarespace.com
Soldiers Private White was the soldier on duty outside of the Customs House on March 5th, 1770 when the incident started. www-tc.pbs.org
Victims Crispus Attucks was a African American sailor who died on the spot. www.bostonmassacre.net Your complete resource on the event. Pictures, documents, location, trial, participants, timeline and much more.
Myths It was not called the “The Boston Massacre” until after it occurred in 1773. The first popular name popularized by Paul Revere was, "The Bloody Massacre" in King Street. www.bostonmassacre.net Your complete resource on the event. Pictures, documents, location, trial, participants, timeline and much more.
Alternative View It all started March 5th by a couple of boys throwing snowballs at British soldiers. A crowd soon gathered throwing ice and making fun of them. Later, the British started firing wildly. Other weapons were clubs, knives, swords, and a popular weapon was your own bare hands. www.bostonmassacre.net Your complete resource on the event. Pictures, documents, location, trial, participants, timeline and much more.
British View Despite the reinforcements and the actions taken by captain Preston trying to control the crowd, the angry mob was getting out of control. The seven British solders tried to take White to safety but could not reach him and were forced to defend themselves. Some of the attackers were waving clubs and throwing stones. At some point somebody yelled “You can’t kill us all! Fire! Whey don’t you fire? You dare not fire!” www.history.com Find out more about the history of Boston Massacre, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
Summary Revere's piece of propaganda is very powerful because it explains what Paul was imagining and what people told him. But, actually there were flaws to his picture about time of day and where specific people were. This influenced many colonists to support American Independence from the British by doubting the British rule and seeing this piece where the colonists look "innocent" made them realize that they need to fight for what they believe in and escape from the British rule.
British View This is what it would have looked like in 1770. It was a cold, ark winter's night. Both sides are fighting in what they believe in, and there are a couple of differences compared to Revere's propaganda, such as the British Captain Preston is not behind his men. pastispresent.org