apr 19, 1775 - Battle of Lexington and Concord
Britain had the goals of capturing Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock (in Lexington) and an arsenal of colonial arms and ammunition (in Concord). This led Thomas Paine to write “Common Sense” which provided Americans rationale for freeing America from tyranny. This changed the revolutionary outlook for many colonials.
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