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Patriots & Loyalists

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Melissa Kraft

on 21 October 2012

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Transcript of Patriots & Loyalists

Patriots How many Patriots? Loyalists Why be loyal? How many were there? Wearing blue trunks, are the PATRIOTS!
Patriots were those who rebelled against the British
Loyalists called them "rebels". Why hate on England? The Proclamation of 1763 Only about 40% of the colonists were patriots
They were the majority in New England (especially Massachusetts.) Now you know why the New England Patriots play in Boston. Wearing red trunks, are the LOYALISTS
The loyalists were people who remained loyal to the king of England
Loyalists were also referred to as "Tories" by their opponents (I guess this was an insult) Loyalists argued that Britain had taken care of the colonists both financially and militarily
They pointed to the French and Indian War as a prime example It is estimated that about 30% of the colonists were loyalists
They were the minority in some places, but in colonies like New York, they were the majority Patriots vs Loyalists The Stamp Act The Sugar Act The Townshend Acts The Tea Act Examples of Famous Patriots Samuel Adams, leader of the Sons of Liberty Thomas Jefferson, main author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Paine, author of "Common Sense" Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death" George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army Neutralists Some people simply wanted to stay out of the whole mess
These people were called Neutralists, since they were trying to stay out of the conflict. vs Historical Truism... In every conflict, there are at least 3 sides....
In the 13 colonies, this statement was also true.
Not every colonist believed that the conflict with Britain was a good idea.
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