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Battle of Lexington and Concord
Transcript of Battle of Lexington and Concord
Minutemen at the
battle of Lexington
"The British Attack"
Introduction to the
British Troops vs. The Colonies
Since the French-Indian War, tensions between the British troops and the American colonies had been on the rise. The British were highly taxing the colonists. They taxed the colonists with:
These three acts led the colonists to protest against the British. One of the most famous protests was The Boston Tea Party in which the colonists dumped tea on Boston Harbor.
The Stamp Act
The Tea Act
Battle of Lexington
Battle of Concord
Captain John Parker
The Boston Tea Party
at Boston Harbor
December 16, 1773
The start of the
General Thomas Gage had set out troops
to capture rebel leaders Samuel Adams &
John Hancock in Lexington.
The British found out that the colonies had a secret stash of supplies and ammunition in Concord. General Gage ordered the British troops to capture the supply and seize the weapons used by the American colonies.
During the expedition, Paul Revere was sent by John Warren to warn the townspeople about the British
Samuel Adams &
John Hancock Location
By the time the British arrived, Paul Revere already told rebel leaders, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, that the British Army was coming.
The British forces arrived at Lexington.
Captain John Parker's militiamen were outnumbered.
Neither side expected a war, but a gunshot went of and forced the British to attack.
The American Revolution begins.
Was a battle mainly to protect the colony supply
The American colonies decided to cross the North Bridge into Concord and saw that the bridge was defended by the British.
The militia men defeated three groups of the King's troops. The British forces were shocked with the colonies' strength so they decided to retreat back to Boston.
"Mankind are more governed more by their feelings than by reason."
" the greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions."
- John Hancock
Battle at The North Bridge
British troops march back to
1. American colonist militiamen
were referred to as minutemen
because they were ready to fight
in a minute's notice.
2. Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted in his poem, Concord Hymn,that the first gun shot of the American Revolution was known to be the "shot heard 'round the world."
By the time the British reached Boston, they had lost 73 men & 174 were wounded. In total, the British lost 273 men.
The American Colonies lost 49 men & 41 were wounded during the fight in Concord. In total, the colonists lost 94 men.
Because of the two events, a battle that started as a mission to protect the supply and weapons at Concord turned out to be a battle for the colonists' freedom.
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere was a silversmith who's mission was to give word to the Colonials in Lexington and Concord that the British regulars were coming.
He was also one of the few who helped organize the town's lantern system in order for them to alert everyone that the British were coming.
Paul Revere Statue at
North End, Boston, Massachusetts
Routes of The Patriot Messengers
-a tax on items (such as
tea) which shows that a certain item has been paid.
-An act for granting
certain duties in the
- An act established on 1773
to solve the problem of bankruptcy
American and British Troop Expeditions
If the British were coming by land, they would light 1 lantern and if the British came by sea then they would light 2 lanterns.
1. Who were the two rebel leaders in Lexington that General Thomas Gage wanted to capture?
2. Where did the colonies keep their supplies and ammunition?