Concord, Massachusetts, USA - 17. CONCORD. [Pop. 1,784. Inc 1635.]
The Indian tract called Musketaquid was peacefully purchased of the Indians, and, from this circumstance, called Concord.
Concord originally included the towns of Acton, Carlisle, and part of Bedford.
The county courts meeting alternately at Concord and Cambridge, these are generally called Half-Shire-Towns.
Assabeth and Sudbury rivers unite in this town, and form Concord River, which flows northwardly into the Merrimack.
As the British forces and the Royal Governor were stationed at Boston, just before the Revolution, the Provincial Congress, as the Representatives of the people were called, sometimes held its sessions in Concord, and the public military stores and provisions were deposited here.
To destroy the stores the British went in boats from Boston to Cambridge, and thence marched through Lexington to Concord, April 19, 1775 ; but their object was in a great measure defeated.
A monument is erected on the spot where the first Britons in the war of the Revolution were killed on that memorable day. The first Americans had been killed in Lexington, a few hours before.
Distance from Boston, 17 miles.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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