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Best Answer - Chosen by VotersCrispus Attucks (1723 -- March 5, 1770) was one of the first of five people killed in the Boston Massacre in Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

Attucks has often been praised in writing meant to inspire Americans to work towards the ideals of freedom and racial equality. In 1858, Boston-area Abolitionists established "Crispus Attucks Day." In 1888, a monument honoring him was erected on Boston Common.

In the poetry of John Boyle O'Reilly Attucks was described as "leader and voice that day; The first to defy, and the first to die...riot or revolution, or mob or crowd as you may, such deaths have been seeds of nations." Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to Crispus Attucks in the introduction of Why We Can't Wait (1964) as an example of a man whose contribution to history, though much-overlooked by standard histories, could be revered as a source of moral courage.

One author wrote this appraisal of Attucks's significance:

He is one of the most important figures in African-American history, not for what he did for his own race but for what he did for all oppressed people everywhere. He is a reminder that the African-American heritage is not only African but American and it is a heritage that begins with the beginning of America.

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Crispus Attucks was the first person to give his life for American independence. Also, he helped start the Revolutionary War with his act in the Boston Massacre. After his death, John Adams was able to fulfill his by giving a speech about his amazing act against British Parliament. Attucks's achievement changed history and hasn't been forgotten.

P.S. By the way this was written by ten year old kid, the person who wrote the old answer was a really bad in history.

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He was one of 5 people killed during the Boston Massacre of March 5th 1770. He is usually regarded as the only name people remember he may have been of African American or Native American decent but there is no conclusive evidence of this. All that is really known was that he is regarded as a hero of the American Revolution.

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he was the first to die in the war and he was best known for an African American revolutionary war hero.

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crispus attucks was so important in the war because he was the first to die in "the spot"

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he was killed in the Bosten Massacer

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