As we honor the founding of our country, we remember the first ride (not the one the poem was written about) of Paul Revere in 1774 when he rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming to re-enforce Fort William and Mary at the site of the Fort Point Lighthouse, also known as Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Hampshire. In a subsequent short battle, the colonists overtook the fort and seized the weapons and gunpowder, resulting in, what many consider, the first overt act of the Revolution. The lighthouse at the fort was built in 1771 and shortened to the height shown here in 1851. In 1877 it was torn down and replaced by the tower that is there today. After the Revolution, the name of the Fort was changed to Fort Constitution and remnants of the fort still stand today.
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