The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first military conflict of the American Revolutionary War. It took place on April 19, 1775, at several sites around Massachusetts Bay, including Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Cambridge and Menotomy (now Arlington). The battle began when British troops marched to seize colonial arms stored at those locations. Local militia members had been warned ahead of time that this was going to happen and they assembled to confront them.
At dawn on April 19th, a shot rang out as the two sides exchanged fire in what became known as "the shot heard round the world", signaling the beginning of war between Britain and its former colonies in America. After a brief skirmish near Lexington Green, where eight militiamen were killed or wounded by British regulars, both sides retreated with neither having gained an advantage over the other. But news spread quickly throughout New England about what had happened. leading thousands more militia from nearby towns to join forces against their oppressors for what would be known as The Battle Of Bunker Hill weeks later.
In addition to being one of the earliest battles fought during our country's revolutionary period, it is also significant because it marked a turning point in which colonists realized that they could stand up against Great Britain's powerful army despite their lack of resources or experience fighting wars like this before, showing everyone else how much potential we have when united together towards common goals.