Lexington and Concord
On April 19, 1775, British soldiers were sent to the colonies to arrest several Patriot leaders and to capture a storehouse of weapons. Marching first into Lexington, Massachusetts, an armed conflict began between British soldiers and minutemen, or colonial militia. The British soldiers continued to march to Concord, Massachusetts where the suspected arsenal of weapons was located. To this day, historians debate who made that first shot. However, it has been dubbed as the first shot of the American Revolution, or the "Shot Heard 'Round the World." Both British soldiers and colonists had two different perspectives on the event, as can be seen by the two broadsides publishing the two different accounts (seen to the left).
Ironically, many delegates to the Second Continental Congress, were on their way to meet in Philadelphia again when hearing about the conflict. The Battle of Lexington and Concord is seen as the first battle of the American Revolution, although Independence had not yet been declared.