The British were looking to confiscate and destroy any arms and ammunition that the colonists were gathering and stockpiling in Concord.
Paul Revere and Richard Daws
The Minute Men
In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, British soldiers start marching from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts.
Paul Revere and Richard Dawes ride through the countryside to warn the colonists and tell the minutemen to gather in Lexington.
Revere and Dawes got to Lexington, where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were and told them to leave. Revere and Dawes continued to Concord but neither made it, Revere was captured by the British and Dawes had an accident and had to return to Lexington.
A 3rd rider, Samuel Prescott, made it to Concord in time to warn colonists and have most of the ammunitions moved safely before the British arrived.
Confrontations between British Redcoats and American Minutemen happened at Lexington and at the old North Bridge in Concord.
Shoots were fired. The British acted fast. They started shoot the colonists. After all the shots were done firing, 8 dead or dying from the colonist. Other were limping away.
At Concord the British looked for the gunpowder and weapons. But the colonists already moved them. The British got angry and set the tents on fire. miltilitia men were watching the smoke in the rise. The colonists were not going to let the British burn it down.
The British immediately started firing as soon as they saw the Americans. Davis fell dead with a bullet to the heart. The British expected the Americans to run. The colonists stood their ground and fired back. They British ended up reatreting. The Americans ended up still shooting no matter what. The colonist won by a lot.
The News of the battle spread calmly. Only war will decide to future of the colonies. More than 60 year later New England writer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a poem.
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard around the world."
We tried to warn the americans about the british. Cause of are actions the americans were able to chase of the british.