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The Minute Man, Concord, Massachusetts.
The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts

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The American Revolution Began
April 19, 1775

By using a system of signals and word-of-mouth communication (the telephone hadn't been invented yet), news that the regulars had arrived spread quickly. At Lexington Green, the regulars were met by approximately 77 American minutemen (named "minutemen" because they could be ready for battle in a minute), and, at Concord, the regulars were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. This was the beginning of the American Revolution
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