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The colonists who opposed the British were called 'Whigs'. Those who favored British and her King, were called 'Tories'. Those nicknames were also used earlier in the Reformation in England. Two other nicknames were 'Patriots' for the colonists and 'Loyalists' for the British supporters.

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While referred to as "rebels" by the British, the colonists were called "patriots" (for their link to their common land) or as "Continentals" (here meaning North America).

Those who supported the British were called "loyaists", "Tories", and "King's men".

Both sides considered the other as traitorous, the US forces as traitors to the king and the loyalists as traitors to their countrymen.

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They were the Loyalists, a group that made up as many 20% of the population. Another name in use for this group would be Tories.

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Tory or Loyalist

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