His3813 - Dunlop - The Loyalist Phenomenon

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Introduction

The following photographs explore the Loyalist phenomenon, of those who remained loyal to Great Britain and King George III during the American Revolution. It is thought about 20% of the American colonists were loyalists (also referred to as Tories, Royalists, or King's Men,) which amounts to about 500 000 people. This exhibit provides an overview of the phenomenon; looking at motivations for loyalty to the British crown, examining the character of loyalists, patterns of migration, formation of loyalist communities, and looking forward to their role in the War of 1812. Only 10-15% of Loyalists during the American Revolution actually left the republic after the war, but the majority of those who did leave came to Canada, specifically to the Maritime province of Nova Scotia. However, the loyalist migrations were transatlantic in essence. By the end of the exhibit it will be clear how the loyalist migration to British North America impacted the future nation of Canada: through looking at their influence in the Maritimes, the loyalist role in the War of 1812, and the legacy of loyalism - in ties to Britain, hostility towards the USA, and its role in keeping Canada independent.