April 16, 2007

Happy Patriots Day – Americanos all around.

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To honor Patriots Day, I decided to get up and drink Americanos today. I pulled a shot using Starbucks ESE Pods, and then dosed in a few ounces of hot water to bring it up to about 6 ounces total. I thought a more typical American thing might be to enjoy whole beans boiled in a cowboy pot over an open fire, or make gross Maxwell House in a Mr Coffee, but there’s only so far I will take this little celebration.

What’s Patriot’s Day you ask? Up here in Massachusetts it’s a big thing, and it’s the day that the whole “Shot heard ‘Round the World” happened, you know the One if by Land Two if by sea, Paul Revere thing? It happened on April 19th, but it's always celebrated on a Monday. The Red Sox always have a home game that finishes up about the time the Marathoners start to cross the finish line in Boston for the Boston Marathon (hopefully the weather holds).

The British regulars marched out of Boston in search of two brass cannon that were stolen from the British and reportedly hidden in Concord. Paul Revere and others warned the countryside of the impending British regulars. The British Regulars met some resistance in Lexington, which was dispatched, on their way to Concord.

Once in Concord the British Troops split up and about the time the American Militia made up of minutemen from surrounding towns got to the Old North Bridge the British Troops in town started burning a seized arms cache. The Americans thought that the troops were burning the town and that was the last bit of motivation that they needed. The British Regulars were sent back to Concord after the skirmish at the North Bridge where several people including Issac Davis an American leader (who was the inspiration for the Minute Man Statue in Concord shown above), and those battles set the stage for the war that created the USA. (The British did not recover the stolen brass cannon.)


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Posted by Scott Martin at April 16, 2007 6:38 AM
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