I always wonder about the Loyalists (those loyal to Britain during the Revolutionary War). I hear about Loyalists in genealogical discussions and even after all these years, I think one must tread lightly with their words; egos are easily bruised (on both sides) and offense is sometimes taken. Today, we are good friends with our English neighbors. During the Revolution, we were enemies. Those loyal to the Crown fled or kept their mouths shut. Tight. During this period, as many as 100,000 Loyalists left America and returned to Britain or went to Canada. These were bright, well-educated citizens, many of whom were conservative. After the war, when Loyalists returned, they brought with them a lean toward conservatism.
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