Who were the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War? 

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The Loyalists, as their name suggests, were the colonists who remained loyal to Britain during the war.  It is believed that something like one-third of the colonists supported the British side (this does not mean that they all fought for the British, just that they supported them).  The Loyalists were generally concentrated in the sea ports, though there were certainly Loyalists in other areas as well.  For example, in some parts of the South, the planter elite were generally on the side of the rebels.  The people of the back country, then became Loyalists, at least in part because they disliked the planters.

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