Notes: Loyalists, Patriots, Neutralists Whose side are you on? During the American Revolution, colonists had to decide whether to support the war for independence or to remain ______________ to the British government. Colonists who supported independence from Great Britain were known as ______________. Patriots Most patriots supported independence because they felt that recent British laws _______________ their rights as English citizens. They were upset about _____________, the Proclamation of ____________, and British ____________ stationed in the colonies. Loyalists Colonists who opposed independence from Britain were called ____________. Most loyalists agreed that British laws were unfair, but wanted to come to a peaceful _____________ with the British government. Neutralists Colonists who neither supported nor opposed independence were called ______________. Both patriots and loyalists tried to convince neutralists to join their ______________.