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What role did the militia play in the early tensions between the colonies and great Britain?

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The militia played a big role in early tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. For example, the minute men were militia men trained to right on a minutes notice. They were the people who fought the British in the battle of Lexington and Concord.

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They were a part of the militia. In every colony except Pennsylvania, every male between 18 and 60 was part of the militia. He had to provide himself with a weapon and equipment, and muster several times a year for drills. In the New England states, as tensions grew in the year or two before the Revolution started, militia units began forming "minute companies", of young, strong men, who were to be prepared to drop whatever they were doing and hurry to the militia rallying point agreed to before hand, at a minutes notice.


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Minute Men were the militia of the colonies, or villagers who could be ready to fight within minutes. Hence the name, minute men.



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In the U.S., it is "all able bodied males between the ages of 17 and 45" who are not in the organized militia. It is also a self-description of several local militia organizations in the U.S. See Section 311 of US Code Title 10. Also see the Militia Act of 1792 and the Militia Act of 1903.


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The Siege of Fort Vincennes occurred during the American Revolutionary War. It was a battle fought by Great Britain and Native Americans vs the Patriot militia, in February of 1779. The Patriot militia was victorious.


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Militia existed in the colonies long before the American Revolution. With the exception of Pennsylvania, colonies required most able-bodied men to own weapons, to be willing to be called for periodic training, and to defend their communities from attack, primarily by Indians. This was the colonial militia. Minutemen came into being in the wake of the crisis in Boston, in 1774. Essentially, they were a reorganized militia, rid of any vestiges of loyalty to the crown, and trained, far more extensively than they had been previously, so that they could "turn out" at a minute's notice.


Militia existed in the colonies long before the American Revolution. With the exception of Pennsylvania, colonies required most able-bodied men to own weapons, to be willing to be called for periodic training, and to defend their communities from attack, primarily by Indians. This was the colonial militia. Minutemen came into being in the wake of the crisis in Boston, in 1774. Essentially, they were a reorganized militia, rid of any vestiges of loyalty to the crown, and trained, far more extensively than they had been previously, so that they could "turn out" at a minute's notice.



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