The Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on April 19,1775. They took place in the colony of Massachusetts whom the British Parliament had declared to be in a state of rebellion just two months earlier (Khan Academy).Tension between the British and the colonists had been getting bad because the Sugar,Stamp and Townshend Acts and the Intolerable Act were passed and because of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. This battle was very important because of the fact that it marked the beginning of the American Revolution. On the night of April 18,1775 a man named Joseph Warren heard that the British were planning to march on Concord in search of the weapons that were supposedly stashed there.Some people believe that British General Gage’s wife was a rebel spy and that she was the one who provided the information (Khan Academy).
He then sent out two couriers named Paul Revere and William Dawes to warn the residents.They first traveled by different routes to nearby Lexington and after they warn the residents there they set out for Concord (history.com staff). On the road however, they were spotted by the British and William was thrown from his horse and forced to go back to Lexington on foot (history.com staff). Paul however made it to Concord and warned the whole town during his famous ride. On April 19,1775 the British led by General Gage began their march toward Concord but to get there they first had to go through Lexington. In Lexington the British were confronted by a small group of militiamen for a peaceful talk.
Then someone shot and everyone panicked and started firing at each other. Nobody knows which side fired first but that shot marked the beginning of a series of conflicts that would mark the beginning of the American Revolution and was known as the shot heard round the world. After the confrontation in Lexington the British troops continued marching toward Concord. The British search Concord for a long time but found nothing. On the North Bridge just outside of Concord the British troops were attacked by a group of about three hundred twenty to four hundred militiamen led by Captain John Parker.
The British were outnumbered and many troops began to break their ranks and run giving the stunned colonists the victory (Khan Academy).Only around two hundred fifty British troops were killed or injured and about ninety patriots were killed or injured (Khan Academy).The patriots then proceeded to siege Boston with the help of militias from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island (Khan Academy). The Revolutionary War had officially began (Khan Academy). Work Citedhttp://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/battles-of-lexington-and-concordhttp://www.ushistory.org/us/11c.asphttps://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-history/period-3/apush-the-american-revolution/a/lexington-and-concordhttps://www.britannica.com/event/Battles-of-Lexington-and-Concordhttps://www.britishbattles.com/war-of-the-revolution-1775-to-1783/battle-of-lexington-and-concord/