Who Was Paul Revere?

Who Was Paul Revere?

Roberta Edwards

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0448457156

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In 1775, Paul Revere of Boston made his now-famous horseback ride warning colonists of an impending attack by the British. This event went largely unnoticed in history until Longfellow celebrated it in a poem in 1861. So who was Paul Revere? In addition to being an American patriot, he was a skilled silversmith and made false teeth from hippo tusks! This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings to life Paul Revere's thrilling ride as well as the personal side of the man and the exciting times in which he lived.

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NOAH WEBSTER WEBSTER SPENT TWENTY YEARS WORKING ON THE FIRST EDITION OF HIS DICTIONARY. IT LISTED THE SPELLINGS OF WORDS AS WELL AS THEIR MEANINGS. HE WANTED TO MAKE SPELLING SIMPLER. WEBSTER ALSO WANTED AMERICAN SPELLING TO BREAK AWAY FROM BRITISH SPELLING. AFTER ALL, THE UNITED STATES WAS NO LONGER PART OF ENGLAND. SO WHY SHOULD AMERICANS KEEP FOLLOWING BRITISH SPELLING RULES? HE DROPPED THE K IN WORDS LIKE PUBLIC. IN WORDS LIKE HUMOUR AND HONOUR, THE OU WAS SHORTENED TO O SO THEY WERE

were about two million colonists living on what amounted to more than 322 thousand square miles of land. The king of England, however, wanted more land. He had his eye on what is now part of Canada. He also wanted land in the Ohio River Valley and by the mouth of the Mississippi River. The problem was that the king of France already had settlements in these areas. And he was not about to give them up. So England and France went to war. The war became known as the French and Indian War

took part in battles. George Washington learned a lot about both winning and losing. The French and Indian War was a training ground for him. Thirteen years later, General George Washington led colonial troops to victory in the American Revolution. THE FUR TRADE IT SEEMS SILLY TO SAY THAT A WAR WAS FOUGHT OVER BEAVERS. BUT THAT’S PARTLY TRUE IN THE CASE OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. IN THE 1700S, BEAVER WAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FUR. RICH MEN IN EUROPE ALL WANTED HATS MADE OF BEAVER FUR. THERE

talking about politics with friends. He was a joiner. He became a member of quite a few men’s groups. One held its meetings at the Green Dragon Tavern. Another met above a printing shop. The group was called the Long Room Club. Many men who became leaders of the American Revolution belonged to this club. A beer maker named Sam Adams was a member. So was John Hancock, who was one of the richest men in Boston. Most of the men had gone to Harvard, but they welcomed Paul. They admired his good

churches. The United States was building ships for its brand-new Navy. The foundry turned out nails, spikes, rudders, and bolts for the Navy. Ships were mostly made of wood, but ship bottoms needed to be covered with a sheet of copper. (Wood would rot too quickly.) Before the war, all the copper sheeting had to come from England. Not anymore. So Paul learned all about how thin sheets of copper were made. Then he spent nearly all the money he had to build a copper mill. COPPER WORKS He

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