Crispus Attucks was a black man, he was the very first person to die for freedom during the American Revolution. He was born in Framingham, MA, he was part Native American and part Black American. His mother was of the Natick tribe of Native Americans. Crispus Attucks stood six feet, two inches tall and at the time the average man was only five feet, seven inches tall. Crispus Attucks was a merchant seaman who had traveled the world; he spoke four languages.
Crispus Attucks was also an icon of the anti-slavery movement of the 18th century. He was in fact the most out spoken and most eloquent speaker against colonialism, British tyranny and racism. The first shots for freedom heard around the world were the two shots that killed Crispus Attucks. Upon the death of Crispus Attucks his fellow white American countrymen and women took up arms to fight the British to the death for the freedom of America. The fight for freedom raged on for over five years and it all started with the blood of this most beloved American freedom fighter named Crispus Attucks. Crispus Attucks was born into slavery in 1723 and as a teenager he dreamed of being a freeman; one night slipped aboard a merchant ship and as the ship left the Boston Harbor and set sail to far away lands he soon was hired as a seaman and shortly after that he bought his freedom. During this period sailors often hunted and killed whales with harpoons. The whaling captains valued the output of Crispus Attucks. Whale blubber was big business, the blubber was used for making candles and lamp oil. Crispus Attucks would often return to the city of Boston but on the evening of March 5th 1770, he joined his fellow patriots. Yes, Crispus Attucks fought alongside white men and women against the British soldiers for America’s freedom. British soldiers shot and killed Crispus attucks and he fell back into the arms of his fellow Americans the Revolution for freedom in America began. This important event is known today as the Boston Massacre. In Boston Commons there is a monument that honors Crispus Attucks in Boston, Massachusetts.