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What is the significance of the battles at Lexington and Concord?

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fairy68 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM via web

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What is the significance of the battles at Lexington and Concord?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The significance of these battles is that they were the first battles of the Revolutionary War.

These battles happened in April of 1775.  They happened because the British commander in Boston had heard of supplies of powder and weapons being kept by Patriots in the towns of Lexington and Concord.  He ordered troops out to find and capture or destroy these stores since they could be used to rebel against the government.

The battles represented the first military actions between the colonists and the British Army.  This was a huge step up from the ways in which the colonists had previously been resisting the government.  Therefore, these battles are seen as the start of the American Revolution.

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