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The British sent troops to Lexington and Concord with the intent of
capturing noted rebel leaders and confiscating gunpowder and weapons.
attempting to capture Paul Revere before he could bring information from the Massachusetts Legislature to the First Continental Congress.
capturing a number of members of the Sons of Liberty who had been suspected of masterminding and carrying out the Boston Tea Party.
eliminating a band of Minutemen who had conducted a series of raids on British outposts and sniping attacks on British soldiers.
capturing George Washington and ending the rebellion before it could really even get started.