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Christ Church or North Church, Boston, c. 1911

Religion - Christ, or North, Church
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_634
Document Description
North Church, built in 1732 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Why would Paul Revere have chosen this church steeple to spread his warning?
What did this place have to do with the “shot heard around the world”? What does that phrase indicate about the impact of the Revolution?
What do you think would have happened if the British had taken the ammunition hidden in Concord?
Historical Challenges
Paul Revere was a jack-of-all-trades. What other businesses was he involved in besides being a Patriot?
Interdisciplinary Connections
English Language Arts: Research another American Patriot. Present a timeline of his or her accomplishments to the class.
Amstel, Marsha. Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride. Lerner Publishing Group, August 2000. ISBN:1575054566.
Fritz, Jean. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, April 1996. ISBN:0698113519
Fritz, Jean. Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, August 1996. ISBN:0698114167

Historical Context
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere lit a lantern in the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston to warn the Americans that the British were invading.  People knew the "signal" in advance: "one if by land, two if by sea." British troops were on a mission to capture guns and powder the Americans had hidden in Concord, Massachusetts, so Paul Revere rode his horse through the night warning people that “The British are coming!”   At Lexington, 70 brave Americans, known as the Minute Men (because they were ready to fight at a minute's notice) battled with 180 Redcoats (British soldiers). The Americans fought bravely but could not hold back the Redcoats, who pushed on to Concord. At Concord, the British were held back from obtaining the valuable ammunition and stores, and they retreated back towards Boston. In Concord, forty-nine Americans and seventy-three British were killed, and thus the “shot heard around the world” started the American Revolution.
Essential Question
What role does geography play in how wars are fought?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the significance of this location in the fight for American independence.