The first problem between the British and the Americans happened on April 19,1775 in Massachusetts. General Thomas Gage wanted his men to ruin all of the Americans supplies and guns that were placed in Concord. He also wanted John Hancock and Sameul Adams to be arrested. Joseph Waren figured out Gage’s plan. He immediately called for William Dawes and Paul Revere to go to Concord and warn the minutemen to be ready. The two of them split up along the way and took different routes. They each had different plans and followed each and every one of their instructions. Finally they arrived to Concord and warned the minutemen. They were then taken and hidden in a safe hiding spot, while Captain Jonas Parker and 130 other minutemen stood ready to prevent the British soldiers. At approximately 4:30am British soldiers arrived while Parker only had 70 men standing and ready because the rest had gone home to their families. As the 600 men British army approached, Parker ordered “Stand your ground!” “Don’t fire unless fired upon!” “But if they want a war, let it begin here!” When they were asked to leave by Parker the men held their ground. Then once again Parker ordered the men to disperse, and that they did. Unfourtunatly the British wanted to destroy the supplies so bad that a shot was fired. Then several more shots were fired following the “Shot heard round the world.” Parker and 7 other americans were shot and killed.
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