Not everyone was on the side of the Patriots. Many colonists remained loyal to the British king. Some had family ties in Britain. Some were concerned that the Patriots did not stand a chance. Some were alarmed at the violence and the chaos. Those colonists who remained loyal to the king were called Loyalists.
Here are four speakers. Can you tell which speakers are more likely to be Loyalists? What might the Patriots do to sway public opinion to their side based on the stated concerns and opinions of these speakers?
- Speaker A: We Americans have been under the British boot for too long. I say we should kick the British out of America. It's time for us to rule ourselves.
- Speaker B: The British army is too strong. We will never be able to best them. We should obey our king and pay our taxes.
- Speaker C: I'm for independence from British rule, but if my husband went to war, I could never harvest our crops by myself, and we would suffer.
- Speaker D: As governor of this colony, I believe that only the British can maintain order in these unruly American colonies.
After the end of the successful American Revolution, it is estimated that over 60,000 Loyalists chose to leave America. Of those, many emigrated to Canada.