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The Battles of Lexington and Concord: What Happened?

The image is a vivid one. Citizen soldiers, wearing three cornered hats, fight Britain's red-coated soldiers. A painting of the battle of Lexington by William B. Wollen, made over a century after the event, is firmly etched in the popular imagination.

Exploration 1: But what actually happened at the battle of Lexington and Concord?

Read three accounts of the clash, and describe the differences in the accounts.
Which accounts are pro-patriot and which are pro-British, and how do the accounts differ?

 

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