On This Day in History: Paul Revere Made his Historic Ride

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Here are some facts about the American hero on the anniversary of his “midnight ride.”

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere became a Revolutionary-era hero when he rode to Lexington, Massachusetts to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were coming.  While Revere was initially able to successfully pass along the message, his progress was stopped by a British patrol.

To commemorate the anniversary of Revere’s historic ride, here are some of these interesting facts about this Revolutionary-era icon.

  1. Revere was a silversmith by trade, but he sometimes worked as an amateur dentist. Revere used his skills to craft wire dentures for his patients.  Contrary to myth, he did not create a set of wooden dentures for George Washington.
  2. Revere was also known for his artistic ability. He created sophisticated copperplate engravings and fashioned illustrations that were used everywhere from book covers to tavern menus.
  3. According to the CIA, Revere founded the first Patriot intelligence network on record. The Boston-based group was called the “mechanics” or the “Liberty Boys,” and would spy on British soldiers and meet up to share information.
  4. In 1861, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Revere’s ride in his poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” However, the poem features several historical inaccuracies.  Wadsworth’s most notable mistakes were the facts that Revere did not make the ride alone and that he never made it Concord.
  5. While Revere is associated with the famous quote, “The British are coming!” he never actually said these words. In actuality, his warning had to be discreet so as not to alert nearby British soldiers.  Additionally, at this time, many Americans still considered themselves British, so it was more likely that Revere used the term “Regulars” to warn people that the British soldiers were on their way.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you enjoyed learning more on the anniversary of Paul Revere’s historic ride.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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