June 10, 1768

Violence in Boston Following Seizure of John Hancock’s Liberty

John Hancock's ship, the Liberty, is confiscated by the Board of Customs Commissioners (created by the Townshend Acts), under suspicion of smuggling. Several thousand Bostonians attack the homes of the customs commissioners, attack a customs inspector, and burn a boat belonging to one of the customs collectors on the Boston Common in front of Hancock's house.

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