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Revolutionary War Boston Massacre

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary

Weapons were extremely useful to 18th Century colonists. Some used them to keep their families safe, while others used them to show off their wealth. On the other hand, there were a multitude of wars and skirmishes that occurred in America in the 18th century, from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary to the Whiskey Rebellion. This armed colonists across America, and affected how the Revolutionary War would be fought.

The French and Indian War in particular played a massive role in the Americans' aquiring of weapons. Many colonists fought alongside the British in the French and Indian War just 13 years earlier. In effect, many colonists used the same weapons they used to fight alongside the British, to fight against them in the Revolutionary War. The large quantity of British weapons in America eventually led to American emulation of British weapons. American weaponsmiths created plenty of weapons for the Revolutionary War after a period where most weapons entering the Americas where from Britain. Weaponsmiths made low tier imitations of British weapons such as different variations of muskets, rifles, bayonets, swords, and tomahawks. These weapons were very useful and vital with regard to the war effort. In effect, The Americans used a mixture of British and American-made weapons that eventually led to American victory at Yorktown in 1781.

This collection should show the progression of weaponry in Colonial America during the Revolutionary War. The British shot Americans in the Boston Massacre with their muskets, and the colonists fought back during the Revolutionary War with old British weapons from the French and Indian War. This collection should also show how Americans even began imitating British weapons and eventually won the war with their lower tier weapons.

Boston Massacre Muskets

The Bostonian Society

Doglock Musket

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Dutch Bayonet

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

British "Dog's Head" Infantry Sword

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

American Infantry Musket

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Revolutionary War Powder Horn

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Screw Barrel Pistol

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Tomahawk

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

American "Brown Bess Bayonet

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation