Q:

Why did the Battles of Lexington and Concord happen?

A:

Quick Answer

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19, 1775, were the first military conflicts between the Colonial rebel forces and Great Britain during the Revolutionary War, and they were brought about as a result of growing tension, Colonial militarization and a British desire to prevent militaristic push back. The Patriot forces managed to hold off British forces and protect their cache of weapons, which were stored in Concord, Mass., opening the door to further conflict and eventual victory.

Continue Reading
Why did the Battles of Lexington and Concord happen?
Credit: Hulton Archive Hulton Archive Getty Images

Full Answer

After the tension-building events of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, tension in the American Colonies was high, and British authorities were well aware of the fact that there were growing factions of Colonists who wished to separate from British authority and become independent. This separation would require military force, and the Colonists would need to build an army that could defeat the well armed, established and trained British forces. They began stockpiling weapons, and the main British motivation during the Battles of Lexington and Concord was to seize these weapons in order to prevent further militarization. This effort failed, and the American Independence movement gained invaluable momentum as a result. Not only did they win the first conflict in the war, but they also managed to save their weapons.

Learn more about US History

Related Questions

  • Q:

    When was the Battle of Lexington and Concord?

    A:

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, took place on April 19, 1775. It began at dawn in Lexington, moved to Concord and continued until afternoon on the road back to Lexington during the retreat of the British troops.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why were the British marching toward Lexington and Concord?

    A:

    The British were marching toward Lexington and Concord because they wanted to seize and destroy arms and ammunition stockpiled by American militias in Concord. This march, on April 19, 1775, became known as the first battle of the American Revolution.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who won the battle of Lexington and Concord?

    A:

    While the British got the upper hand in Lexington, the Colonists surprised British troops when they arrived in Concord shortly after to win the battle and force their retreat to Boston. The two battles took place in the neighboring towns of what is now Middlesex County, Mass.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is Paul Revere one of America's heroes?

    A:

    Paul Revere is one of America's heroes mainly because of his efforts to warn colonial rebels of British troop movements before the Battles of Lexington and Concord, made famous in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride." He also participated in the Boston Tea Party to protest British taxation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore