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HISTORY and the HIGHWAY with Stan Ellsworth
Fire It Up: Lexington and Concord
Q: How did King George III respond to the Colonists’ refusal to pay the tea tax and dumping all the tea into Boston Harbor?
A: He was mad! He had Parliament close the Port of Boston so that American ships were not allowed to leave America to export their goods to England or other countries.
Q: What did the king do next?
A: He had Parliament abolish (get rid of) the Massachusetts Assembly, the Colonists’ form of representative self-government in Massachusetts. Instead of the Colonists choosing their governor, the king said he would choose the governor of Massachusetts from now on.
Q: Then what did King George III do?
A: He had Parliament send 25,000 British soldiers over to America and told the Colonists that they would let the soldiers live in their homes.
Q: What was this “act” called?
A: The Quartering Act
Q: Who was the first governor the king appointed (chose) to govern the Colonists of Massachusetts?
A: General Thomas Gage.
Q: What did the king tell General Gage to do with his soldiers?
A: To “pacify the countryside”
Q: What did “pacify the countryside” mean?
A: To take away all the guns and gunpowder belonging to the Colonists’ militia
Q: Who sent out riders throughout the countryside to warn the Colonists of General Gage’s intentions to take away their militia’s guns and gunpowder?
A: The Sons of Liberty
Q: Who were three of these riders?
A: Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott
Q: Who were the two men “the regulars” (British soldiers) wanted to arrest?
A: They wanted to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock, leaders of the Sons of Liberty
Q: What happened at Lexington on April 19, 1775?
A: The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” was heard – the start of the American Revolutionary War
Q: What happened at Concord that same day?
A: The Colonists’ militia cut off the British soldiers at the Old North Bridge and made them go back to Boston
Lydia Nuttall Author of Forgotten American Stories: Celebrating America’s Constitution
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