Battle of Lexington and Concord
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Capture Hancock and Adams and destroy the colonists' weapons!
The Redcoats are coming!
Stand your ground! Let the war begin here!
General Thomas Gage had orders from England to control the rebellious colonists. He planned to capture rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Lexington. He also learned from his spies that colonists were storing weapons in Concord.
Paul Revere learned of the British plan to march to Concord at night to gather and destroy the colonial weapons stores. Revere and two other men rode across the countryside warning colonists that the “Regulars” or “Redcoats” were coming.
The British troops arrived in Lexington. The 70 militiamen were heavily outnumbered against the 700 British soldiers. The British soldiers fired at the militiamen killing eight. No redcoats died at that confrontation.
We want a REVOLUTION!
The British soldiers continued to Concord to seize the colonists’ weapons and ammunition. They were not aware that the majority of the arms were already hidden or destroyed.
Hundreds of Concord militiamen gathered at the North Bridge, which was being defended by the British soldiers. The British fired at the militiamen first and the militiamen returned fire. This exchange is now known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
At the end of the day, around 250 British soldiers were killed while 90 militiamen were killed. This proved that colonists were willing to stand up to England, the most powerful army in the world. This was just the spark needed to begin the American Revolution.
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