Some of you think you know much about the American Colonists, and this from your very selective readings and limited understandings of American Colonial History. So here is a tidbit. note: Bourne (Cape Cod), Lexington, Winthrop, and Stoughton, are Cities/Towns in Massachusetts, and Dorchester and Charlestown are neighborhoods in Boston. Op-Ed Contributor America’s Revolution: The Prequel By ADRIAN TINNISWOOD Published: July 2, 2010 Bath, England PICTURE the scene: Out of the dawn mist, a fleet of longboats glides across the water, packed full of musket-wielding patriots and weather-beaten Massachusetts militiamen. Standing in the prow of the lead boat, like Washington crossing the Delaware, is a man with long flowing hair and a blood-red banner emblazoned with two words: Vincat veritas. Truth Conquers. It is a fact rarely discussed on either side of the Atlantic that American colonists played a crucial role in the English Civil War, the bitter struggle between King Charles I and Parliament that tore England apart in the 1640s. The English Revolution — and that is just what it was — can be interpreted in all kinds of ways... It was all those things. But it was also a battle against the arbitrary tyranny of the crown that prefigured America’s own struggle for independence...hundreds of American colonists cared enough about that struggle to sail back across the vast Atlantic...not in the frightening, alien landscape of Massachusetts but in the familiar fields and townships of England.