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In social studies we have recently learned about the American Revolutionary War The war was fought for self-government The colonies wanted independence from Great Britain The colonists also didnt want to pay the taxes becauset the money went to suport only the British armies Most of the colonies didnt depend on the British for help anyway and their ruler was over 5000 miles away So the colonists decided to fight for their freedom land ownership and a new government The first battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Lexington The British commander General Thomas Gage received orders to strike a blow at the Americans He found the whereabouts of the patriots and sent 700 men commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith to seize them at Lexington then destroy the patriots in Concord and take the supplies that laid there But the Boston silversmith Paul Revere heard thier plans and rode the 20 miles to Lexington that night to wanr the patriots leaders and everyone else along the way that the British or rather the redcoats were coming When the British troops arrived on April 19 1775 in Lexington they started to advance and form a battle line but the American militia leader Captain John Parker didnt want to fight Suddenly a shot rang out no one knows if it was on the British side or the American side but it started the American Revolutionary War That first shot was named Shot heard round the world After some men got wounded and hurt the British troops marched to Concord and burned the few supplies the Americans had left there On Paul Reveres warning the Americans moved the supplies to a different location But on the way back to Boston the British faced yet another army to fight They lost and retreated to Boston While Gage was trying to regroup his troops Massachusetts sent a Connecticut officer Benedict Arnold to aid the colonies On
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