"A number of persons, to the amount of thirty or forty, mostly boys and youngsters, who assembled ... near the sentry at the Custom-house door, damned him, and bid him fire and be damned; and some snow ball were throwed ... I saw a party of soldiers come from the main guard, and draw themselves up ... the people still continued in the street, crying, 'Fire, fire, and be damned,' and hove some more snow balls, whereupon I heard a musket go off, and in the space of two or three seconds, I heard the word 'fire' given ... and instantly the soldiers fired one after another."
adopts The Declaration of Independencewritten mainly by Thomas Jefferson
Committee of Five With help from Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, John Adams and Roger Sherman
Declaration of Independence Has three parts Natural Rights: purpose of government is to protect inalienable rights rights that all people have List of wrongs: by the British that led to the Colonies to break away Independence: announces that colonies are a free and independent nation, The United States of America