Loyalists vs. Patriots. Lesson Topic. Big Idea. Two groups emerged, those that supported independence and those that supported the King. Key Concepts. Loyalists Patriots Pennsylvania Royalists Tories Virtual Representation. The Sides Are Chosen.
How might your allegiance during the Revolution play a role in your social status?
How might it effect the way you’re treated during and after the conflict?
Dutch colonists tended to be largely loyalists
Patriots outnumbered loyalists throughout the colonies
Popular image of the Patriot
Patriot Call To Arms
A strong unified British Empire is good for all
Colonists are British subjects and should obey British law
Taxation takes away property (i.e. money & goods)
Colonists don’t have voice in Parliament, so they can’t tax colonies (No taxation without representation)
Taxes are due to French & Indian War which was fought to protect colonies
American colonies would be weak without Britain
There’s no way colonies could ever be represented – Parliament’s too far
Colonies profit from trade with England
Many colonists fought in the French & Indian War (we’ve done our part)
Colonies are too far away from England to have representation in Parliament, its just not practical
British personnel are causing violence, riots, and death (Boston Massacre & Tea Party)