First Shots at Lexington and Concord

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The shots fired at Lexington and Concord on 19th April 1775 marked the dawn of a revolution in the colonies of America. When 700 armed British troops marched to Lexington and Concord to destroy hidden colonist munitions a skirmish broke out resulting in 384 dead. This unplanned a battle was caused by many things, including: a growing sense of American identity, the introduction to several new Taxes and Acts, the Boston Tea Party, and the Boston Massacre. It also affected many people’s lives in the long term, as it resulted in: the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, and the writing of the Constitution, and a new system of government being formed. A colonial American was not necessarily British, many Europeans immigrated America for a fresh start. So therefore not all Americans were loyal to the british crown, and after time Colonists started to identify with their own colony over Britain. This growing American identity was a cause of the shots at Lexington and Concord because it created a lot of tension between the American citizens and the British rule. The Colonial identity was a major contributing factor to the shots fired at Lexington and Concord as it allowed all colonists to have a sense of unity and lead to a lot of people believing that America should revolute against the British rule. Another cause of the shots fired at Lexington and Concord was the introduction to several different taxes and acts. From 1763-67 British Parliament introduced a huge amount of different taxing acts, including the: Sugar Act 1764, Billeting Act 1764, and Stamp Act 1765. These acts caused a further increase in tension between British Parliament and the Colonists. And this tension lead to small acts of resistance, such as organised protests, boycotts of British goods, and smuggling. This tension and resistance caused many to grow sick of British rule and rise
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