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Yale historian Leonard Woods Larabee has identified eight characteristics of the Loyalists that made them essentially conservative and loyal to the king and Britain: They were alienated when the Patriots resorted to violence, such as burning houses and tarring and feathering.
They wanted to take a middle-of-the road position and were angry when forced by the Patriots to declare their opposition. They had a long-standing sentimental attachment to Britain often with business and family links. They realized that independence was bound to come someday, but wanted to postpone the moment.
They were cautious and afraid that chaos and mob rule would result. Some were pessimists who lacked the confidence in the future displayed by the Patriots. Others recalled the dreadful experiences of many Jacobite rebels after the failure of the last Jacobite rebellion as recently as who often lost their lands when the Hanoverian government won.
They felt a need for order and believed that Parliament was the legitimate authority. Loyalists fighting in the American Revolution In the opening months of the Revolutionary War, the Patriots laid siege to Bostonwhere most of the British forces were stationed.
Elsewhere there were few British troops and the Patriots seized control of all levels of government, as well as supplies of arms and gunpowder. Vocal Loyalists recruited people to their side, often with the encouragement and assistance of royal governors.
In the South Carolina back country, Loyalist recruitment oustripped that of Patriots.
A brief siege at Ninety Six, South Carolina in the fall of was followed by a rapid rise in Patriot recruiting, and a Snow Campaign involving thousands of partisan militia resulted in the arrest or flight of most of the back country Loyalist leadership.
North Carolina back country Scots and former Regulators joined forces in earlybut they were broken as a force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. By July 4,the Patriots had gained control of virtually all territory in the Thirteen Colonies and expelled all royal officials.
No one who openly proclaimed their loyalty to the Crown was allowed to remain, so Loyalists fled or kept quiet. Some of those who remained later gave aid to invading British armies or joined uniformed Loyalist regiments.
British forces seized control of other cities, including PhiladelphiaSavannah, Georgia —83and Charleston, South Carolina — But 90 percent of the colonial population lived outside the cities, with the effective result that Congress represented 80 to 90 percent of the population.
The British removed their governors from colonies where the Patriots were in control, but Loyalist civilian government was re-established in coastal Georgia  from todespite presence of Patriot forces in the northern part of Georgia.
Essentially, the British were only able to maintain power in areas where they had a strong military presence. Historians' best estimates put the proportion of adult white male loyalists somewhere between 15 and 20 percent.
Approximately half the colonists of European ancestry tried to avoid involvement in the struggle—some of them deliberate pacifists, others recent immigrants, and many more simple apolitical folk.
The patriots received active support from perhaps 40 to 45 percent of the white populace, and at most no more than a bare majority.
Daniel Boone was listed as a member of the jury. Before Calhoon's work, estimates of the Loyalist share of the population were somewhat higher, at about one-third, but these estimates are now rejected as too high by most scholars. The largest number of loyalists were found in the middle colonies: The Germans in Pennsylvania tried to stay out of the Revolution, just as many Quakers did, and when that failed, clung to the familiar connection rather than embrace the new.
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