Lead: One of the flashpoints in the long run-up to the American Revolution was the Boston Massacre.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Strapped to pay for a very expensive victory in the Seven Years War, Britain began in 1763 to tax its North American colonies. It seemed very reasonable. The mother country had spent millions defending the colonies from the French and their Native American allies. A slight tax on imports was a small enough price to pay for a peaceful frontier and oceans free for colonial shipping, but many Americans did not feel that way. The taxes and the writs of assistance, those general search warrants used by royal agents to invade the merchant's privacy and collect the taxes, were considered illegal. Tensions escalated as Americans condemned this so-called "taxation without representation."

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