by Jeff Dunetz
On April 19, 1764, the English Parliament banned the American colonists from printing paper money. They set even harsher restrictions over the next 11 years. The restrictions included the Stamp Act, Townshend Act, the Sugar Act, the Boston Massacre, and The Coercive Act. They were also being forced to quarter British troops in their homes,[sic]
The patriots among the colonists had enough. In 1775, on the exact same day, April 19, the shot heard round the world was fired in a battle with British troops at Lexington. The American Revolution had begun. Lexington and Concord
General Thomas Gage, the British Governor of Massachusetts, had already decided that Lexington was full of rebels and ordered a contingent of 700 British troops to march against the rebels who had formed a “shadow government.” He wanted to capture John Hancock and Samuel Adams, who were thought to be in Lexington. He also had orders to seize a cache of arms and gunpowder believed to be stored by the rebels at Concord. Yes, the American Revolution began because the British wanted to take our guns. Read the rest at thelidblog.