The Colonies Freedom: Review Time
Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Paul Revere are considered three of America’s most important patriots from the Revolutionary War and the founding of America because of their bravery, ingenuity, and powerful expressions of leadership among their fellow colonists.
Patrick Henry was considered a passionate speaker who served in the Continental Congress and urged others to be willing to fight for their freedom; he is best known for his line, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
George Washington is most known for his role as America’s first president, but he played a pivotal role in leading the Continental Army to victory over the Redcoats or British military at a time when the colonists were struggling to make gains against their enemy. Washington hatched a plan to surprise the Redcoats on Christmas by sailing over the frosty and frigid Delaware River, and the Redcoats were overtaken when they were caught unprepared.
Paul Revere was originally of the family “Rivoire” from France that desired to worship freely as Protestants. Revere, formerly known as Apollos Rivoire, was sent to Boston as an apprentice to a silversmith. After completing his seven-year apprenticeship, Rivoire opened his own silversmith business and changed his name to the name we know today. Revere’s love for the tall steeple at Old North Church in Boston eventually served him well when he used it as a place to spy on the Redcoats’ position and inform his fellow colonists of their arrival for battle.
In books, pictures, and poems about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride it’s often said he rode through towns yelling “the British are coming!” And while we cannot verify if Revere said these words, we do know he and his fellow Midnight Riders alerted his fellow Patriots in Concord and Lexington that the British were planning to invade and to get prepared.
All three men played an important role in forging a path for a new America – one marked by liberty and freedom from England’s rule.