Source 1: Map of the events of April 18-19, 1775
Which rider makes it through South Bridge to warn the colonists in Concord that the British are coming? paul revre.
Which towns does the British army go through after they leave Boston? concord.
Evaluate the British route. How do they make it to the mainland from Boston? Do they enter by land or by sea? Explain your answer using geographic landmarks.
Why do you think that the Sons of Liberty arranged to have 3 riders warn that the British were advancing? Having three riders gave the Patriots a better chance of getting the information through. It's harder to catch three people going in different directions.
Source 2: John Parker’s Affidavit
According to John Parker, what were his orders to his colonial troops if they were approached by British troops? What were his orders once the troops approached? Explain in your own words. What does Parker say the British troops did when they approached his militia? How credible is John Parker’s testimony?
Source 3: Edward Gould’s Affidavit
What does Lieutenant Gould testify as to who fired first at Lexington? What does he say about who fired first at Concord?
How credible is his account? Justify your reasoning.
Source 4: Illustration of Battle of Lexington
What does this picture tell you about the Battle of Lexington? What is the colonial response when the British arrive? Use evidence from the painting to justify your response. How credible is this source? Why?
Source 5: Simon Winship’s Affidavit
Why was Simon Winship with the British troops when they arrived in Lexington? What does Winship say he witnessed when the British troops came upon Captain Parker’s company? How credible is this witness? Why?
Source 6: British Officer Lt. John Barker’s Diary Entries April, 1775 What does Barker say he encountered when his men arrived at Lexington? What does Barker say was the purpose of their mission?
Is his story believable? Why or why not?
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