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Lexington and Concord

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Description of EventApril 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green started off the fighting, and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire. Many more battles followed, and in 1783 the colonists formally won their independence.

Lexington and Concord (1775)

ImpactColonists killed or wounded 250 British 90 colonists were killed and wounded The colonists proved they could stand up to one of the most powerful armies in the world. By the following summer, the war broke out

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Background InfoStarting in 1764, Great Britain started putting taxes on their colonies to make money. The Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Acts made the colonists angry, “No taxation without representation.” After The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, King George III of Britain increased the military presence in Massachusetts, and in June 1774 he shut down the city’s harbor until colonists paid for the tea they dumped. Soon after, the British Parliament declared that Massachusetts was in a state of rebellion.


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