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Canada in Crisis by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the bronze statues and plaques of loyalists were standing in the thirteen colonies instead of the cities and towns of eastern Canada Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1777, in a symbolic act of reconstruction, loyalist Thomas Hutchinson (pictured) returned from Canada on this day to be reinstated as royal governor of the Massachussetts Colony.

Prior to his exile, Hutchinson believed that the Parliament should be controlling the thirteen colonies but he wasn't a supporter of the Stamp act. Even though he wasn't a supporter of the Stamp Act, he still enforced the tax. This caused a mob of angry patriots to go to Thomas Hutchison's house and burn it. His house had the most enriched library ever in the thirteen colonies. He was the symbol of loyalty during the pre-Revolutionary period, and he was also one of the most hated people in Boston.

Like Hutchinson, over fifty thousand American loyalists had fled north of the border, but they had neither accepted that their cause was lost, nor their society dismantled. And so it proved to be the case, quite contrary to the prediction from the rebel John Adams that the revolution took place in the hearts and minds of the American people before the fighting ever started. Because the "American Crisis" had abruptly ended when Commander-in-Chief William Howe's rampant British troops caught up with the bedraggled rebel army just outside Hackensack, New Jersey.

Trouble was the imperial government needed way more than fifty thousand loyalists to restore imperial rule in the reconstructed royal colonies. And in their unseemly haste, the British unwittingly depopulated Upper Canada. Because the communities in provinces such as Ontario that had begun to prosper over the previous four years were soon abandoned as no longer viable.

Author says original content has been repurposed from both Wikipedia and Christopher Moore, The Loyalists - Revolution, Exile and Settlement (1984).

Other Revolutionary Variants

End of the American Crisis Crushing defeat at Saratoga Bring revolution home to England

Steve Payne

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