What fact supported John Adams’s defense of the British soldiers who took part in the Boston Massacre?
In the trial that succeeded, Adams proofed that Captain Preston had never delivered the order for his soldiers to open fire on people. Those who had shot into the crowd did so utterly in self-defense. Adams called those within the mob that provoked the soldiers. Therefore, the Boston Massacre was a confrontation, in which British soldiers shot and killed numerous people while being beleaguered by a mob.