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United Empire Loyalists
Known as “Loyalists”, “King’s Loyal Americans”

The flag on the right, was the flag the UEL used when they entered British North American, (now Canada and other countries) after leaving the Thirteen Colonies. It became known as the Loyalist Flag. Also known as the Union Jack.

The majority settled in the areas Quebec and Nova Scotia but some also settled in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Some also went to Florida but the resources listed here are for the Canadians.

Later many moved back to United States (mostly the North East states). Others went to England, Australia and New Zealand, and other British Commonwealth. After the large migration Shelburne, NS was the 4th largest city in North America. The population today is 1,743. The migration brought about the split of the land into Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada.

If they stayed in Canada, the Crown gave them land grants of 200 acres (81 ha) per person to encourage their resettlement, as it especially wanted to develop the frontier of Upper Canada.

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