CRISPUS ATTUCKS Biography - Military related figures


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Name: Crispus Attucks                                                               
Born: 1723                                                                           
Died: 5 March 1770                                                                   
Crispus Attucks (c. 1723 - March 5, 1770), was one of the first of five people       
killed in the Boston Massacre. He has been frequently named as the first martyr     
of the American Revolution and is the only person killed in the Boston Massacre     
whose name is commonly remembered. He remains an important and inspirational         
figure in American history.                                                         
Little is known for certain about Attucks other than that he was killed in the       
Boston Massacre. Fragmentary evidence suggests that he may have been a "mulatto"     
with African and Native American ancestry. In the early 1800s, as the               
Abolitionist movement gained momentum in Boston, Attucks was lauded as an           
example of a black American who played a heroic role in the history of the           
United States. Because Crispus Attucks may also have had Wampanoag Indian           
ancestors, his story also holds special significance for many Native Americans.