What did Paul Revere say on his ride?


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The words associated as a historic utterance by Paul Revere were actually the creation of poet Henry Longfellow. In "Paul Revere's Ride," the poet gave the patriot this famous line: "One if by land, and two if by sea..."

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The famous "midnight message of Paul Revere" continues "And I on the opposite shore will be,

Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm..." The idea that Revere yelled "The British are coming!" is also widely disputed. According to the History Channel's website, Revere would not have yelled anything because the mission was a secretive one. Moreover, American patriots regarded themselves as British so the phrase is unlikely to have actually been used, as it is historically inaccurate.

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