The Battle of Lexington and Concord began, during the early hours of April 19, 1775, and lasted less than a day. The battle is considered the start of the American Revolution and is sometimes called "the shot heard around the world." While it was considered a victory for the British, it showed that the American colonists had the ability to fight for their independence.
The Battle of Lexington and Concord began, when the British marched from Boston to Concord in Massachusetts with the plan to seize arms located there. Several men on horseback, including Paul Revere, traveled to warn the colonists of the march. When the 700 British soldiers arrived at Lexington, they found 77 American militiamen waiting. The person who fired the first shot is unknown, but by the time it was over eight militiamen had been killed and nine wounded. The British continued on to Concord. When they reached the town, they found that most of the arms had been moved elsewhere. They began to burn Concord, which caused more militiamen to mobilize. After about four hours, the British planned to return to Boston. By that time, 2,000 militiamen had arrived to protect the area. The militiamen fought the British all the way back to Boston. About 73 British were killed and 174 wounded. On the American side, about 90 were killed or wounded. News of the battle reached London on May 28, 1775, and by that summer the two sides had entered into war.