British Communities in North America after 1783

Peter J. Marshall

in Remaking the British Atlantic

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640355
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739279 | DOI:
British Communities in North America after 1783

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American independence drove many refugees into the remaining British colonies. This chapter discusses the diverse elements in the loyalist exodus: those who were deeply committed enemies of the Revolution and upholders of the values of the British empire were mixed with many, such as disbanded soldiers, to whom the British colonies with their free land and initial financial support might seem an attractive refuge from the turmoil of the last stages of the war. Migration to and from the United States was to continue after the war. Although the British colonies were British in government and institutions, large parts of their population were essentially Americans, if not committed republicans, who were not necessarily very different from those on the other side of the border with whom they maintained many links.

Keywords: Loyalists; provincial regiments; British empire; British North America; migration; republicanism

Chapter.  11414 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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