A Question of Loyalties
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The Loyalists wanted more than the land that had been promised them; they wanted their own colony.
Communities sprang up almost overnight as the Loyalists flooded into Nova Scotia, prompting the creation of New Brunswick as a separate province. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
Communities sprang up almost overnight as the Loyalists flooded into Nova Scotia, prompting the creation of New Brunswick as a separate province. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
They had influence in London through their wealthy members, their sheer numbers and the emphatic, moral weight they claimed.

In 1784, the British government agreed to divide Nova Scotia, creating the separate colony of New Brunswick, with its own elected assembly.

Loyalists in Quebec observed this development and argued that they had an even better case for their own colony. They had fought and suffered for England and now they found themselves governed by French laws.

Petitions were taken up and presented to the governor, Lord Dorchester. "The Petitioners do not ask for more than has already been granted to their fellow sufferers in Nova Scotia," one Loyalist argued.

The French too, were agitating for their own elected assembly.
Nova Scotia was divided, creating the separate colony of New Brunswick in 1784.
Nova Scotia was divided, creating the separate colony of New Brunswick in 1784.
"We will be content only when parliament has responded to our claims by giving us the same rights and privileges as the English and why not? We are English subjects just as they are." An uncomfortably familiar refrain was added, "Freedom, gentlemen, freedom at all cost."


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