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The first shots starting the American Revolution were fired at Lexington, Massachusetts. On April 18, 1775, British General Thomas Gage sent 700 soldiers to destroy guns and ammunition the colonists had stored in the town of Concord, just outside of Boston. They also planned to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two of the key leaders of the Patriot Movement.
Dr. Joseph Warren learned of the British plans and sent Paul Revere to alert John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Paul Revere promised to warn them when the British soldiers started to march. Since he wasn't sure that he would be able to get out of Boston with the message, he made plans to alert people by putting lanterns in the Old North Church steeple. He would light one lantern if the British were coming by land, and two lanterns if the British were coming by sea.
At this time the conlonist were expecting battle so they organized a group call the Minutemen. While the minute men went to battle with the "redcoats", men and women of the colony were too busy moving the weapons and ammunition to the surrounding cities so that the British Soliders could not destroy them.The colonies were generally outnumbered but they took it to the next level by defeating the British!!

A large force of Patriots were now gathered in response to the British troops.
As the British soldiers headed back to Boston, they were attacked by the Minutemen.
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