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Definition: American colonists who remained loyal to Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. They were mostly farmers and numbered about 500,000, or 16 percent of the population. Some of them fought in the British army, but many did not. The terms of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, protected the Loyalists from persecution after the war.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

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More on Loyalists
Find out more about why these people disagreed with their neighbors.

The Black Loyalists
Great Britain offered freedom for any slaves who were willing on the British side. Find out more about this fascinating story.

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