Did any loyalists go to Florida after the Revolutionary War?
- Sunday CroneLv 74 weeks ago
Some many have, but many went to Canada.
- Gray BoldLv 74 weeks ago
Yes. Loyalists went to Florida, bringing along their slaves who numbered about 8,285 (421 whites and 2561 blacks returned to the States from Florida). When Florida was returned to Spain, however, very few Loyalists remained there. 6,000 whites went to Jamaica and other Caribbean islands notably the Bahamas. About 13,000 went to Britain (including 5,000 free blacks).
- JOHN BLv 64 weeks ago
I seriously doubt it because in 1781 Spanish forces had defeated the British at the siege of Pensacola and and taken firm hold of Florida.
- MoriartyLv 74 weeks ago
What was East and West Florida was already a loyalist state during the conflict as it was mainly made up of British military personnel and their families who had been given land as part payment for their actions during the part of the Seven Years War fought in North America, known there as The French and Indian War.
Both Floridas were staunchly loyal to the Crown and condemned the other colonies declaration of independence. During the war, Floridians led successful military raids into other colonies that tied up various Continental militias and regiments who had to deal with them. Continental forces tried twice to invade Florida and suppress the loyalists, but were defeated both times with some captured or forced to run. The same Floridians aided in the British capture of Savannah.
However, due to Spain being a major ally of the "Patriots" and providing much-needed assistance to defeat the British, at the 1783 Peace of Paris which concluded the conflict, the Spanish demanded the return of Florida to their control which the British were forced to concede. Subsequently, all the loyalist either left for what is now Canada or made their way to Britain. So it's highly unlikely that loyalists from other regions went to Florida immediately after the war, as most residents there were abandoning the state.
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- Anonymous4 weeks ago
carpetbaggers went all over the south to steal the land and Businesses by imposing unfair taxes on the south Like they tried to do before the war with Tarrifs
- PrinceLv 54 weeks ago
They introduced the custom of tea.
- $ummertimeLv 74 weeks ago
There must have been at least a hand full.