Road to Revolution

Introduction

Did you know that at The Battle of Lexington Green The colonial minute men were outnumbered 75 to 700, but in the Battle of Concord shortly after the British were outnumbered roughly 2000 to 700. This show of unity had many events leading up to it. I will be showing you The Boston Tea Party, The Intolerable Acts, The Battles of Lexington and Concord and finally the Minute Men.
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The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party happened shortly after the Boston Massacre. Three ships carrying British Tea entered Boston harbor. Their Names were The Dartmouth, The Eleanor and The Beaver. The Colonists didn't want the British Tea coming ashore. But Governor Hutchinson demanded that the tea be unloaded. When news reached the Sons of Liberty Samuel Adams said "This meeting can do no more to save the country. Then some of the Colonists dressed up as native Americans and dumped 342 tea chests into the ocean and a large crowd gathered and watched. Governor Hutchinson's refusal to let the tea ships leave port fueled the Boston Colonists' desire for freedom. However the Tea Party angered British Parliament and they passed the Intolerable acts.

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The Intolerable acts

The Intolerable Acts were passed by Parliament as punishment for the Boston Tea Party. The Intolerable Acts consisted of the Massachusetts Government Act, the Quartering Act, the Administration of Justice Act and The Boston Harbor Act. The Massachusetts Government Act further limited the Massachusetts Colonists' government powers. The Quartering Act Forced Colonists to house British Soldiers. The Administration of Justice Act let any soldier accused of murder be tried in England. And Finally the Boston Harbor Act closed Boston Harbor until the tea that was dumped into the harbor was payed for.

These Acts angered the Bostonians because they further limited their rights. This affected other colonists too because they realised they could have what few rights they had taken from them.

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The Battles of Lexington and Concord

The Battle of Lexington Green happened shortly after Paul Revere's ride. Paul revere informed the minutemen that the British soldiers were marching to seize weapons at Concord. Before the British Soldiers could reach Concord 70 colonial Minutemen attacked the British Soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith at Lexington Green. There the first shots were fired by Colonists in the revolutionary war were fired, but badly outnumbered the Colonists lost.

Word spread quickly and over 2000 colonists came to the Battle of Concord. When the British Soldiers reached concord they were attacked by the Colonists. Now the tables had turned and the British Soldiers now outnumbered retreated. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the Revolutionary War without them the war may have never started.

The Minutemen

In the beginning of the Revolutionary War the Minutemen were a small group of colonists ready to be brought to arms in a minute. The minutemen were first called to arms at the battles of Lexington Green to stop a British March to seize weapons, and made up a small amount of the force at Concord. These aboriginal Minutemen are considered a key cooperation because the small group was able to work together to attempt to stop the British march, and even though they failed they inspired far more colonists to take up arms against the British soldiers

Later when large organised militias were formed the term minutemen was applied to those 1/3 of the soldiers that had to be constantly ready for battle. These militiamen were important to the war effort because they were the first to get to a battle field and were prepared for an ambush.

Conclusion

These events were only a few of the many events that took place leading up to the Revolutionary War. Every one of the events were connected to at least one other event. You could trace each events connections to many other events. Had any one of the events not happened the Revolutionary War may never have started and then we would still be part of England today.

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