The Thirteen Colonies
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People either stayed in or left the thirteen colonies at the end of the American Revolutionary War. Both sides had different reasons for either staying or leaving. The following are some of the reasons why some left the thirteen colonies. Some people left the thirteen colonies because they were loyal to Britain and did not want to be left in what they perceived as ‘enemy’ lands. Loyalists of the British Empire also left because they were constantly persecuted by the ‘sons of liberty’ because of their allegiance to the British Government (Thorner, 1997). Some people left because they feared being executed for treason. The British government also promised to resettle its loyalists and so some people left because of a promise of a good life away from the colonies (Alden, 1954). This is especially sp because after the war, the victors confiscated buildings and lands of the loyalists. Some loyalists left because they wanted the British to protect their traditions and because they did not want to be forced to accept American democracy. Some of those who left had been slaves who were now free so they chose to leave so as to maintain their freedom (Whitfield, 2007).
Some people stayed in the thirteen colonies after the American Revolutionary War. The following were some of the reasons that they chose to stay. Some stayed because they had been opposed to the British rule in the first place; they saw an opportunity to be free from the British George Washington Papers, 1776). Some people stayed in the thirteen colonies after the war because they had nowhere else to go, the colonies had been their home and they wanted to stay for that reason. Some people stayed because they hoped that they would be rewarded for not supporting the British. Others saw an opportunity to take into their possession the lands and buildings left behind by the loyalists.
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Alden, J. R. (1954). The American Revolution, 1775-1783. New York: Harper. Retrieved from http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/gallery1/revolution5_e.shtml
(December, 1776). Revolutionary War: The Home Front. George Washington Papers … 1776. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/homefrnt/homefrnt.html