The British soldiers were in Boston to keep order in face of the growing discontent with the heavy taxation imposed by the Townshend acts..Taxation and other issues continued to build tension between Britain and the colonies.This tension showed between the colonists and the British soldiers posted in Boston.The townspeople viewed them not as order keepers but as oppressors and threats to independence. They resented the soldiers and treated them poorly, often harassing them verbally and physically. Fights became common On the night of March 5, 1770, the tension burst.
The Boston Massacre ( a street fight that occurred on March 5, 1770)was the culmination of civilian-military tensions that had been growing since royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts in October 1768. It was between a "patriot" mob, throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks, and a squad of British soldiers. Several colonists were killed and this led to a campaign by speech-writers to rouse the ire of the citizenry.
I say that Boston Massacre was an accident and it could have been prevented if the colonist didn’t start throwing snowballs at the troops or the troops listened the orders that their general gave. They were told not to fire any weapons ,which they did and killed innocent people. The best solution to prevent this was solving it from what it was based from though. If the British government known that there was tension between these two groups and should of not raise the taxes and tried to solve their differences by making more jobs available, more salary for soldiers or fewer soldiers across seas.