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Introduction to the Revolutionary War
The American Revolutionary War was fought between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its North American colonies during the years 1775-1783.
The eventual outcome of the Revolutionary War was a recognition of independence for the 13 colonies, as well as western territories, extending to the Mississippi River.
This war is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the American Revolution; however, the American Revolution began much earlier and refers to more than just the war discussed here. This page refers solely to the military campaign, conducted during the war.
The eventual outcome was a recognition of independence for the thirteen colonies, as well as western territories, extending to the Mississippi River.
It should be noted however that a large proportion of the population did stay loyal or at least neutral during the war. Loyalists, known as Tories, included members of the aristocracy who had a lot to lose as well as recent immigrants who identified more with their birthplace than their new home. Both during and following the war some Tories were forced to flee to Canada or Britain.
Many Native Americans also opposed the revolution believing that they were likely to suffer more at the hands of independent Americans than the British. An estimated 10-15% of colonists were Loyalists and about one-third of them left the United States. Some 70,000 Loyalists fled along with 2,000 Native Americans. 50,000 of these Loyalists went to Canada where they helped form the colonies of New Brunswick and Ontario. Some black Loyalists went to Sierra Leone.