The Boston Massacre happened because the British brought over troops and the British also raised taxes. The colonists started to throw snowballs, rocks, and sticks at the soldiers until the soldiers fired and killed three instantly and two died later. The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770 The Boston Massacre happened on King Street in front of a customhouse where the taxes were collected BRITISH SOLDIERS THAT COLONISTS THAT DIED FIRED Crispus Attucks (died Thomas Preston right away) Private Hugh White Mr. Samuel Gray (died Captain John Goldfinch right away) Corporal William Wemms Mr. James Caldwell (died right away) Lieutenant James Basset Mr. Samuel Maverick Private Hugh Montgomery (died the next morning) Patrick Carr (died two weeks later) Christopher Monk (died ten years later) Boston Massacre Historical Society. “Home Page.” Bostonmassacre.net. Boston Massacre Historical Society, 2008. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. <http://www.bostonmassacre.net/index.html>. Independence Hall Association. “The Boston Massacre.” Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Assn., 4 July 1995. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. <http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/massacre.htm>. Ingraham, Leonard. An Album of the America Revolution. New York: Franklin Watts, 1971. Print. Wikimeadia Commons. “Boston Massacre.” Commons.Wikimedia.org. Wikimedia Commons, 23 June 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boston_Massacre_L OC.jpg>. “KingSt Boston by Habermann.” Commons.wikimedia.org. Wikimeadia commons, 23 Nov. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. Wikimedia Commons. “Snowpyramids.” Commons.Wikimedia.org. Wikimedia Commons, 27 Sept. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snowpyramids.jpg>.