After the Boston Tea Party, the colonists began to move towards separation from England. Some of them wanted a rebellion! Some of the colonists joined together in a group called the Sons of Liberty. This group was dedicated to making plans to help set the colonies free. However, in April of 1775, rumors began to spread that the British troops were going to try to attack the Sons of Liberty! A group of people got together to try to find out what was going on, and on April 18, 1775, a message was sent that the British troops were going to attack! One member of the Sons of Liberty was a man named Paul Revere, and together, he and William Dawes ran the message across the country side to warn the other members of the Sons of Liberty that the troops were coming! Below, you can color a picture of Paul Revere and fill out some interesting information on him!
But how did Paul and William get that message? Well, this message was passed along through a set of codes! And those codes included lanterns! It was agreed that once the Sons of Liberty learned which route the troops would take, they would place lanterns in the bell tower of the church. One lantern if the troops were coming by land and two lanterns if they were coming by sea. When two lanterns were displayed, Paul Revere and William Dawes knew that they had to ride fast to warn people and rouse the minutemen, the colonist’s version of an army that claimed they could be ready in a minute! With the activity found here, you can make your own lantern!
Once the men were roused, they raced to beat the British to the city of Concord. The minutemen would end up meeting the British troops in two different cities that night: Lexington and Concord. At these places, the colonists would begin the American Revolution by firing upon the British troops. At Lexington, the first shot of the American Revolution was fired, and it became known as “the shot heard ’round the world.” This is because that shot would start a revolution and change the course of world history. If you click here, you can watch a short video on the Battles of Lexington and Concord, done out of Legos!
The American Revolution, or the Revolutionary War, was one that changed history! And we learned a little bit about why it started in our last lesson. The colonists felt that the taxes they had to pay were very unfair. In this lesson, we learned a bit more about how it all started! And if you remember way back in our President lessons, we learned a little bit about who all was involved. So tomorrow, we will be talking about the war itself! And everything that came with it. But now that you know some of the basics, can you find the words in the word search below? Or, if you click here, you can print and fill out your own book about the American Revolution!
Now that we know a bit more about the beginning of the Revolutions, why don’t you grab mom or dad, check out The Gingered Whisk, and make a revolution inspired sweet treat! And be sure to come back tomorrow for “George Versus George!”