Tuesday , December 7 2021

7 Famous Loyalists of the Revolutionary War Era

In a way, the American Revolution was also a civil war. By 1774, American colonists were divided into two camps: patriots and loyalists. Hotheaded patriots like the Sons of Liberty wanted to rid themselves of British rule at all costs. While the loyalists, either through stubborn loyalty to the crown or simple pragmatism, opposed all-out revolution.

It’s estimated that up to one-fifth of American colonists were loyalists and they didn’t all belong to elite British families tied to the crown or military, says Ben Marsh, a professor of American history at the University of Kent. Tens of thousands of merchants, farmers, Native Americans and enslaved people all had their reasons for preferring the known problems of British rule over an unpredictable independence.

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