The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on April nineteenth of 1775. The first battle occurred in the city of Lexington. Nobody knows for sure who fired the first shot, but by the end of the battle between the British red coats and American militia men, eight were dead.
Reenactment of the battle of Lexington
After the battle, British troops were ordered to march on to Concord to deal with rebels in the city. This time the militia was ready for the British. They gathered at a bridge to defend their rights. Again, neither side was ordered to fire but they were forced to after the Americans started advancing towards them.
A model of the bridge that was the site of the battle of Concord
These two battles sparked Americans resentment towards Great Britain and led to the Revolutionary war. Many joined the American side after these battles and finally, many years later the Americans would be successful in fighting the British earning their freedom.
Map of the battles of Lexington and Concord