The ropewalks were filled with men dressed in scarlet uniforms. It's hard to welcome British soldiers into the community when they enforce unpopular laws and then ask for kindness in return. A soldier's pay is minimal, but so is a Colonist's pockets after he has paid inflated taxes and purchased unnecessary stamps.
There is only so much indignation a community can bear. A quiet confrontation over an unpaid service is escalating at The Custom's House. Rocks and snowballs strike the red uniform and the accosted soldier calls for the guard.
Crowds swarm the patrol. Shots fire and five Colonial men lay dead. The wounded limp away.
Boston has been massacred.