The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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On August 2, 1776, 56 delegates from the different colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pa.  By signing this document, these men were putting their lives at risk.  They were publicly announcing to King George that they were patriots to the American cause and therefore, traitors to the British Crown.  They could be hunted down and hung by the British army.  What would make someone willing to do this?

Here is your task:

  1. Click on the larger Google Map below.
  2. Click on the names of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Write down their occupation.
  4. How many were doctors, lawyers, farmers or brewers?
  5. Choose one person you found particularly interesting.
  6. Click on “Leave a Comment”.
  7. Summarize information about this person in your comment.  Who was he? How old was he at the signing?  What was his occupation?  What was an interesting fact about him?
  8. Type your response and remember to sign your first name ONLY and class.
  9. You have twenty minutes to complete this task.



A Google Map Treasure Hunt – The Revolutionary War

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Go to the following Google Map on the Midnight Ride. Answer these questions:

  1. What was the cost of the French & Indian War to the British?
  2. Why was Boston Harbor important to the British?
  3. Why was the Charles River especially important to the British?
  4. What do you notice about the town of Boston in 1775 from the key destination map?
  5. Who was General Thomas Gage?
  6. Why was the old North Church important to the Revolution?
  7. What were the names of the three riders?
  8. Which rider finished?
  9. Listen to at least two songs from 1775.  What do the lyrics of these songs tell you about the times?

Click on the comment link below and answer as many questions as you can.