The attack was a failure; many Americans who weren't killed were either captured or died of smallpox. Many Americans took a different view. Of course, any such sharp distinction entails some over-simplification. Benjamin Franklin made the case for repeal, explaining that the colonies had spent heavily in manpower, money, and blood in defense of the empire in a series of wars against the French and Indians, and that further taxes to pay for those wars were unjust and might bring about a rebellion.
The affair was investigated for possible treason, but no action was taken. Vermont, which, despite participation in the Revolution remained an independent republic until it was permitted to join the union inwas the first jurisdiction to abolish adult slavery—in Nova Scotia received three times as many Loyalists as Quebec, leading in to the partitioning off of New Brunswick, with its own assembly.
The U. The soldiers were tried and acquitted defended by John Adamsbut the widespread descriptions soon began to turn colonial sentiment against the British. In consequence, Parliament adopted a series of punitive measures and Massachusetts was placed under military rule in