1775 - The Shot
April 18, 1775 - The British are angry at the American colonists who defy orders to follow the monarchy's laws. Paul Revere rides his horse through the countryside and warns the "minutemen," who were ready to fight at a moment's notice, that the British are coming. British soldiers called "redcoats" because of their uniforms, fire upon colonists gathered at the village green in Lexington, Massachusetts. The Revolutionary War has begun.