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Revere Beach


1596 Revere Beach The seaside resort of Revere Beach is situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boston and Lynn. The area was originally settled by the Pawtucket (Rumney Marsh) Indians, the first Europeans came in the 1620's. In 1634 the area became part of Boston, and in 1639 part of Chelsea. For the next two centuries it remained a farming community. In May 1775 the second battle of the American Revolution and the first naval battle took place at Chelsea Creek when the United Colonies destroyed a first-line ship of the British Navy. After becoming North Chelsea in 1846, the town of Revere was named for Paul Revere in 1871. Paul Revere (1734–1818) is best-known for his famous ride from Charleston, MA, to Lexington on the night of 18th to 19th April, 1775, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the British approach. William Dawes and Samuel Prescott also rode forth with the news. Revere did not reach his destination at Concord but was captured by the British; nevertheless, it is Revere who is remembered as the midnight rider, chiefly because of the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.