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1. Paul Revere
3. Political Involvement Became involved in politics through local organisations
Member of the Masonic Lodge of St Andrews
Before the War of Independence he gathered intelligence on the British movements
Became a courier for the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety
Spread the word of the Boston Tea Party to New York and Philadelphia
4. The Midnight Ride April 18, 1775 Revere is sent for by Dr Joseph Warren
Instructed to ride to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock about the British approach
Alarmed the countryside along the way
Contrary to popular belief he never said “The English are coming”, instead he said “The regulars are coming”
Revere was joined by William Dawes and Dr Samuel Prescott
All 3 were arrested, Dawes and Prescott escape
Revere is later released, without his horse
Revere later fled to Burlington
5. The East India Company Established early trading stations throughout India
Held a monopoly over trade
Merged with rival in 1708
Became involved in politics
Lost much of it’s political and commercial power in the late 18th century
1773, the Tea Act is passed
November 1773, 3 ships arrive in America, but they are unable to unload their cargo
6. The Boston Tea Party Tied of the unfair trade laws the Sons of Liberty met to determine the fate of the 3 tea ships in Boston Harbour
Fearing the tea will eventually reach the market, the Sons of Liberty demanded the tea be sent back to England
Governor Hutchinson refused to send tea back to England, Patriots decide to take things into their own hands.
That night, 60 men dressed as Mohawk Indians board the ships and dump all 342 crates of tea into the sea.
The Parliament is outraged and passes the Coercive Acts.
7. The Sons of Liberty Formed in Boston, by a group of shopkeepers and artisans
The Sons of Liberty originally formed in order to resist the 1765 Stamp Act
Tradition has it that the Sons of Liberty would gather under Boston’s Liberty Tree for meetings, thus acquiring the name the Sons of Liberty
Members of the Sons of Liberty were largely upper or middle class, not the lower class
The Sons of liberty originally saw their role as organisers of protests, not disrupters of authority
Rumour has it that Samuel Adams and Paul Revere headed the Boston Sons of Liberty – this has never been verified