Colonial Williamsburg Magazine Analysis

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The Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg was very important and it was a major start to the American Revolution in the area. The Magazine had lots of historical significance in the American Revolution. It also still has value and relevance today. A motto it connects to is “That the future may learn from the past”. The Magazine is the building that is most deserving of the commemorative coin commissioned and minted for it. Some reasons are that it is deserving of it is that it sparked the American Revolution in the area, and it made the colonists lose trust in British royal governor, Lord Earl of Dunmore.

The magazine had much significance during historical/colonial times. One of its greatest significances is that it sparked the American
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It sparked the American Revolution in the area. We had many leaders and patriots in the area, if it wasn’t sparked like that then they might have gotten involved in the American Revolution as soon. The colonists also began to lose trust in the 4th Earl of Dunmore, John Murray. He was the British royal governor at the time. When he commanded the British Marines to steal gunpowder the colonists lost trust in him. Then he tried to justify his actions by saying that he had intelligence of "an intended insurrection of slaves" and only wanted to keep the powder out of its reach. Unless he viewed the angry patriots as slaves, he was lying. Later justifying the powder 's taking, Dunmore wrote: "The Series of Dangerous Measures pursued by the People of this Colony against Government, which they have now entirely overturned, & particularly their having come to a Resolution of raising a Body of armed Men in all the Counties, made me think it prudent to remove some gunpowder which was in a Magazine in this Place, where it lay exposed to any Attempt that might be made to seize it, & I had Reason to believe the People intended to take that step." Lord Dunmore knew full well that possession of the gunpowder was the possession of
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