What did it mean if there was one lantern hanging in the steeple of Boston’s Old North Church?

Why were 2 lanterns hung in the steeple of the Old North Church?

It is most commonly known as the first stop on Paul Revere’s “Midnight Ride,” where he instructed three Boston Patriots to hang two lanterns in the church’s steeple. The lanterns were used to inform Charlestown Patriots that the British were approaching by sea and not by land.

What did hanging two lanterns in the church represent Why do you think it mattered if the British came by land or by sea?

It was a reference to the secret signal orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. … The two lanterns were meant as the message that the British forces left from Boston Common, which then bordered the Charles River, and rowed over to Cambridge.

Where were the warning lanterns hung?

Late in the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere got word that the British were about to set out on a raid of the Provincial Congress’ military supplies stockpiled in Concord. He ordered fellow Patriots to set two lighted lanterns in the belfry of Boston’s Christ Church (Old North Church).

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What would have happened if Paul Revere’s ride failed?

The fate or destiny of the colonies was upon Paul Revere’s (and William Dawes’s) shoulders that night. If they didn’t warn the colonists, they would get completely wiped out.

Is Paul Revere’s Ride historically accurate?

Though based on historic events, the poem should be read as a myth or tale, not as a historical account. Many historians have dissected the poem since 1860 and compared it to Revere’s account of the ride in his own words and other historic evidence. … Revere knew the British route before he left Boston.