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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Crispus Attucks (Ashley M.)

Crispus Attucks by Ashley M.

Crispus Attucks was the spark that started the Revolutionary fire.

Little is known about Crispus Attucks' childhood. Attucks was born in 1723 in Boston
Massachusetts. His mother was American Indian and his father African-American. An enslaved person, Attucks's  life up until twenty-seven is a mystery. After twenty-seven,  he ran away from his home and was a sailor,whaler and rope-maker.

Attucks was the first victim to die in the Revolutionary War, but he had a larger role. The afternoon of the Massacre, Attucks was at a pub with fellow sailors. He and the group argued with an off-duty British soldier about the British soldiers taking jobs from the sailors. Later that evening, Attucks gathered Patriots at Dock Square and led them towards King Street. Passionate about his cause,he riled up the crowd and told them to attack the sentinel on guard at the Boston Customs House. He challenged the group to fire as he grabbed the bayonet and musket of Captain Preston and was shot.

Crispus Attucks was killed in the Boston Massacre. Attucks died on March 5, 1770, in
Boston, Massachusetts. After he died, a trial was held for the British soldiers who were in the Boston Massacre.  Instead of Independence Day, they would show a flag that was made for the victims.
Crispus Attucks deserves to be remembered as the first person to give up his life for a
better future.

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