Patriots VS Loyalist

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The French and Indian war had a great impact on British Empire. The most profound impact was the expansion of British territory claims in America. However the war put financial strain on Britain with increased war debts. To offset these costs, King George III issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited westward expansion due to the cost of protecting the colonies from Native Americans, and a series of increased taxation acts. (Cider Act, Stamp Acts, Sugar Act, Townshend Act, etc.) These acts unceremoniously ended Salutary Neglect, and left the 13 colonies divided in their feelings toward Britain. Approximately 1/3 of the colonist continued to support England, while about 1/3 of the colonist wanted independence. Those who continued to support England were referred to as Loyalist or Tories, those who favored independence and supported a revolution were called Patriots. This left approximately 1/3 of the colonist with neutral beliefs.
While Patriots and Loyalist were largely different, there were some similarities. Both groups criticized Great Britain’s Taxation of the colonies. As a result many households were divided in support.(Half Loyalist; Half Patriot) In addition Patriots and Loyalist were much alike in their goal to support their country. (Loyalist who continued to believe Great Britain was their country, and Patriots who viewed America as their own country.)
Conditionally, while both groups were similar in that they criticized taxation they both differed in regard to their view of how to support Great Britain. Loyalist remained loyal to Great Britain even though they disagreed with taxation. Loyalist believed a strong unified monarchy was good for all, and America would be weak without Britain. They feared that a "democracy" would be like being ruled by a mob and that many people (for example: immigrants, poor, and/or uneducated people) were not fit to make political decisions (or even to vote). They believed colonist were subjects of Great

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