In Colonial America in 1769, there was much unrest. In fact in the following year in March, the Boston Massacre took place. This occurrence was a result of the anger of Bostonians over the taxes being imposed upon the colonies. When an incensed group of colonists gathered before the customs houses that were guarded by British soldiers, a young Bostonian hurled insults; then, a sentry responded by smashing the man's head with his rifle butt. The victim ran from the scene, church bells tolled, and 400 howling citizens protested. Suddenly, a soldier fired, called to the others and the thirteen-man squadron opened fire, wounding several and killing two.
On May 17, 1769, George Washington lauched a legislative salvo at Great Britain's fiscal and judicial attempts to maintain control of the American colonies., bringing a package of resolutions to the Virginia House of Burgesses. These resolutions, which were largely in response to the Townsend Acts of 1767, decried the plan of Parliament to send colonial dissenters to England for trial. During a makeshift meeting, several of the southern colonies growing tobacco gave their support to the non-importation resolutions. In this way, these colonies demonstrated support to Massachusetts, the primary target of Britain's crackdown, where violent protests had led to a military occupation beginning on October 1, 1768. This occupation is what prompted Thomas Paine's famous "Crisis No.1" and the colonists call to freedom.
In 1769 Daniel Boone left North Carolina for Kentucky where he opened up new trails. Later, in 1775, he was the leader of a team that clared a road from Virginia to central Kentucky, which became the major route for westward migration.