americans who were loyal to the king and did not want independence from great britain were called loyalists.
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about 60,000 loyalists fought on the side of the british during the war, and a total of 100,000 left the country as a result. in virginia and new england, loyalists made up less than 10 percent of the population. but an estimated 40 percent of new yorkers were loyalists, and they may have been a majority in georgia and north carolina.