Tuesday, September 14, 2004


The stationing of troops in Boston aggravated an already tense situation. On March 5, 1770, a platoon of British soldiers fired on some Americans who had been harassing them, killing five. The British soldiers were tried, and defended by Boston radicals John Adams and Josiah Quincy, and their acquittal made good propaganda for the American cause, showing that in America, even the British received a fair trial.