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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

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