Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

TitleLiberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJasanoff, Maya
Number of Pages460
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
CityNew York
Abstract

On November 25, 1783, the last British troops pulled out of New York City, bringing the American Revolution to an end. Patriots celebrated their departure and the confirmation of U.S. independence. But for tens of thousands of American loyalists, the British evacuation spelled worry, not jubilation. What would happen to them in the new United States? Would they and their families be safe? Facing grave doubts about their futures, some sixty thousand loyalists--one in forty members of the American population--decided to leave their homes and become refugees elsewhere in the British Empire. They sailed for Britain, for Canada, for Jamaica, and for the Bahamas; some ventured as far as Sierra Leone and India. Wherever they went, the voyage out of America was a fresh beginning, and it carried them into a dynamic if uncertain new world. In this history of the revolutionary era, the author tells the story of this remarkable global diaspora. 

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