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There was also a strong loyalist sentiment.
Skene was a Loyalist, and in May 1775 Skenesborough was seized by a party of American volunteers.
During the War of Independence his descendant, William Bayard, was a loyalist, and his home was burned and his estate confiscated.
The ability for you to determine a traitor from a loyalist is one of your most valuable talents.
In 1770 most of the merchants agreed not to import goods from England and transferred their trade with New York City, where Loyalist influence was strong, to Boston and Philadelphia.