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Paul reveres ride

  1. 1. Paul Revere’s Ride Nadya Dooley 12/16/10
  2. 2. Paul Revere’s America <ul><li>Paul Revere was born to Deborah and Apollos Rivoire </li></ul><ul><li>He was baptized in 1734 </li></ul><ul><li>Revere and his friends founded a bell ringers association </li></ul><ul><li>Revere’s major employment before the Revolution was a silversmith </li></ul>
  3. 3. Paul Revere’s America <ul><li>Revere was first married to Sarah Orne. They had 8 children, but then Sarah passed away </li></ul><ul><li>He later married Rachel Walker and they had eight more children. Out of his 16 children, ten died </li></ul><ul><li>In 1765, Revere joined an association called “Sons of Liberty” </li></ul><ul><li>Revere was a leader in the Boston Tea Party </li></ul>
  4. 4. General Gage’s Dilemma <ul><li>Lietenant-General Thomas Gage was commander in chief of British forces in the New World </li></ul><ul><li>General Gage didn’t like war and preferred to keep things peaceful </li></ul><ul><li>Gage was taken completely by surprise by the quarrel over the Stamp Act in 1765 </li></ul>
  5. 5. General Gage’s Dilemma <ul><li>In order to prevent a war, General Gage came up with some missions to remove enough weapons from the Americans hands that they couldn’t revolt </li></ul><ul><li>The plans major weakness was that it could only succeed by suprise </li></ul>
  6. 6. First Strokes <ul><li>The morning of 1774, Gage started his plan </li></ul><ul><li>The first step was to seize the largest stock of gunpowder in New England </li></ul><ul><li>He was successful, but the people of New England took it as a sign of war </li></ul><ul><li>An angry mob exiled William Brattles and forced Colonel David Philips to swear in writing not to enforce the Coercive Acts </li></ul>
  7. 7. First Strokes <ul><li>Gage ordered the town of Boston to be closed and fortified </li></ul><ul><li>In early December 1774, the British decided to strike again </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Revere and his friends warned New Hampshire of an incoming ship </li></ul><ul><li>The warning was a great defeat to Gage </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mounting Tensions <ul><li>After many months of frost, Boston’s food was scarce. Disease and fights broke out </li></ul><ul><li>The tension grew worse- both Boston and the British were ready for a fight </li></ul><ul><li>A few times there were misunderstandings and war almost did start </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mounting Tensions <ul><li>General Gage was subject to many political comics </li></ul><ul><li>In 1775, Gage was informed that 700 troops were on the way- not the 20,000 he wanted. He was told to ask his “friends from government in New England” for more </li></ul><ul><li>The kings ministers were optimistic. They had suppressed Ireland, Scotland, the Colonies and England itself </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Mission <ul><li>Gage thought he must strike quickly at the heart of the rebel movement </li></ul><ul><li>The New England leaders resolved not to move until Gage committed his forces </li></ul><ul><li>Gage’s first target was Concord </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Mission <ul><li>Gage believed the expedition might be resisted by armed force and urged many precautions </li></ul><ul><li>Major Mitchell and his men patrolled the road to Concord </li></ul><ul><li>They made a mistake though when a farmer, mistaking them for countrymen, came up to them to find out what was happening </li></ul><ul><li>One of the soldiers slashed him across the face. They warned him that his house would be burned if he told anyone what had happened. </li></ul><ul><li>He went home, bandaged his head and set out to spread the word </li></ul><ul><li>The news spread quickly spread across the countryside… to Paul Revere’s ears… </li></ul>

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