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Who Fired the First Shot at Lexington and Concord?

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The battle of Lexington and Concord is the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Which people actually started the war by firing the first shot is controversial. So who took the first shot? At the time, the Colonists thought the British took the first shot and the British thought that the Colonists took the first shot. The evidence in this case makes a valid argument for both sides, but the real group of people to take the first shot of the battle of Lexington and Concord, starting the war, was the Colonists.

The documents supporting that the British had taken the first shot had lacked in validity compared to the articles that stated the Colonists took the first shot. Both document C and document G are secondary sources, so they are biased by people that were not at the battle. In document C, he was writing a novel from a child’s point of view where the child’s father died; this means that the child in the novel most likely just wanted to blame it on the person who killed his father rather than say who actually took the first shot; most likely he was more focused on his dad rather than his surroundings and was naïve to the fact that the Colonists took the first shot. In document G, the textbook does not state where the information was pulled out that told them that the British fired first, so there is no solid evidence. In document B, 34 minutemen did say that the British took the first shot, but that is not because they think or know that for sure, but because going against themselves was betrayal to them, so they did not want to betray their own people; betrayal is wrong to everyone. In document D, supporting that the Colonists took the first, was much more valid because he was on the front line and had less bias. He was also much more specific then the other articles, showing how much he really knew what was going on.

Next the Colonists were inexperienced, and the British were much more organized and orderly, so the Colonists were lacking...

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