What might have caused some people to become loyalists?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There were many possible reasons why an American colonist at the time of the American Revolution might become (or remain) a loyalist (also called a Tory).  Here are a few:

  • Loyalty.  After all, these were people who were born and raised as English.  They had been swearing allegiance all their lives to England.  Is it any wonder some would remain loyal to what they had always been?
  • Money.  Some people made their livings trading with the English.  Such people would have had a financial interest in remaining loyal.
  • Rivalries.  There were some people who were rivals of patriots.  If there were someone in your town who you really hated or who was your competitor and they took one side, you might tend to take the other.