Johnny Tremain

In chapter 6, why did the colonists dress as Indians? What was their purpose?

The novel Johnny Tremain

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A group of boys recruited by Rab gathers at the print shop to put on their disguises for raiding the ships––they are dressed like “Indians” (132) in black and red. Rab sends Johnny to Old South Church to get news from Sam Adams about whether the British are leaving or staying.