So what happened at the Battle of Concord?
We think it's important to understand the context of historical events, and a lot of times it’s really interesting, too! It inspires our imaginations.
Last month, we talked about the battle of Lexington, but the battle of Concord has also been called the beginning of the American Revolution.
Battle of Concord: The Context
The English monarch and assorted officials were putting economic pressure on the colonies.
There was the Stamp Act, and other commodities laws, as well as the Quartering Act, where citizens had to pay for the housing of British troops.
At the same time, a young people was starting to yearn for freedom. Simple peasants and merchants and others were grouping together to talk about the potential of an independent American country! Those desires culminated in something that the world had never seen before – and that’s putting it mildly. Certainly, others dominated by the British in colonies would have lied to lead a successful revolution – but it’s that sort of thing that’s easier said than done.
The battle of Concord actually took place concurrently with the battle of Lexington. They've been called the twin battles for this reason, and there's a very deep connection between them.
These are the events that we talk about when we think of Paul Revere writing to warn the assembled militia.
One if by land, two if by sea, and all that.
So the battle of Lexington had taken place the same day. Someone named Dr. Samuel Prescott had warned the minutemen in Concord.
The story goes that British troops had gone to the house of a local Colonel looking for ammunition, but the man’s sons had hidden it underground.
Eventually, the British were “engaged” and that’s when things got rough.
The historians count 49 colonists killed, 39 wounded, and five missing in action after the battle. 73 British were killed, and 174 wounded. .
Why is that history important?
It led us to where we are today, with a free country, and an enormous national economy supporting a society that's lived in prosperity for over two centuries.
So let's give ourselves a hand.
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