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Map 2: Minute Man National Historical Park.

[Map 2: Minute Man National Historical Park] with link to larger version of map.(National Park Service)

Questions for Map 2

1) Locate the towns of Lexington and Concord. Locate the Minute Man National Historical Park. What manmade feature does the largest part of the National Park cover?

2) Use the scale located in the bottom-left corner of the map and a ruler to measure the distance between the two towns along the historic road. If English soldiers marched at a pace of 2 miles per hour, about how long do you think it would take for them to travel from Lexington to Concord? About how long would it take a horse to gallop between the towns at 30 miles per hour? Compare Map 2 with Map 1. Approximately how long do you think it would take to march from Roxbury Hill (south of Boston) to Concord?

3) Compare the two maps again and find the places in Map 2 where Map 1 shows people. Find the national park lands in Map 2. According to Map 1, what happened in the two areas where the national park is today? Why do you think these places were chosen to be the national park?


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