The American Revolution is perhaps the most important aspect of this country’s history. This was the time at which the colonists, who had been oppressed by the cruel government of Britain for decades, were able to gain their independence, and embark on a mission of creating and developing a new country based on the freedoms, rights, and liberties of which they fought for. The colonist ideals of the revolution are the ideals that continue to guide this nation today. The first and most important battle in the Revolution was the Battle of Lexington and Concord. This battle, fought on April 19, 1775 in the small towns of Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, marked the first military action in the American Revolution (Badertscher). Famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson described how the “shot heard around the world”, triggered a revolt that would begin the American Revolution and eventually lead to arguably the greatest achievement in American history.
Smith, David, "The Battle of Lexington and Concord and its Significance in the American Revolution" (2013). U.S. Experience to 1877 Podcasts. 19.