The Loyalists In Canada

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The Loyalists The Loyalists(officially dubbed United Empire Loyalists) were the people still loyal to Britain during the American Revolution, and who came to Canada to remain British. Most settled in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. During the 1760's, Canada was just coming out of the Seven Years’ War. The British had finally succeeded in taking the region away from the French. This created problems for the British leaders as now police and soldiers had to be spread out more, and people thought that it would mean less protection for them, which causing civil unrest. Life in Canada continued as usual though, although now the French of Quebec had access to the southern…show more content…
One of the main reasons that the Revolution started in the first place was because of the Stamp Act that the King(George III) imposed. This made it so people had to pay a tax on all written documents. There was an uproar in the colonies, because the people felt that they were receiving less protection, less governing, and more taxes. People like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin felt that this was unfair, and thus the revolution began. Thomas Paine, a man who spread the ideas of the Revolution around the Colonies, said of the Loyalists: “Interested men, who are not to be trusted; weak men, who cannot see; prejudiced men, who will not see; and a certain set of moderate men, who think better of the European world than it deserves. . .”(Unknown). Some people had the smarts to send their money to the British banks, as the Americans eventually claimed everything that was on the soils known as the 13 Colonies. This left many people without anything at all, and so they went to Canada with nothing. They were the subjects of political prejudice, and generally were hated because of their acceptance of the British laws and taxation. Most people who did leave were the rich people or those people connected to the crown, because if the British were the reason you were rich or popular, why take chances and leave them? The Black Loyalists left because they were offered freedom,…show more content…
At the time, Canada still had a mostly French culture, but with waves of English settlers pouring in, the French feared that they would become a minority and basically lose their rights and culture, so they demanded a place where they could be themselves. They were given Lower Canada, which was the general area around both sides of the St. Lawrence River and the Gaspe Peninsula. The Loyalists settled in Southern Ontario, creating cities such as St. Catherine’s, and Nova Scotia, which is where most of the “Black Loyalists” went. The Black Loyalists left though because even though they were free, they were still treated very poorly, and the land was just plain bad. It can be argued that the Loyalists coming to Canada is the only reason that it exists, because had no more people come, the people already there could not have put up a very good fight against the Americans. Later, the Loyalists wanted their own form of government, so they were granted New Brunswick, and Guy Carleton’s brother, Thomas Carleton, was made the Governor of this new colony. Guy Carleton, the governor of Quebec at the time of the Revolution, helped the Loyalists get to Canada, and later, was responsible for getting the ones that were left out of the

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