NEW YORK LOYALISTS WENT INTO EXILE??? “YES!!!”
In 1783, at the end of war, thousands of New York loyalists were removed from their city. The most popular merchants and land owners who were faithful to the Crown left along with the leaders of the Anglican communion whose fate in the “postwar settlement” greatly affected the history of New York. In fact, it affected the history of New York more than any other colony. In March 1778, Tories in New York were deprived of franchise, which was followed by Tory lawyers being barred from their job in October 1779. As a result, properties of loyalists were taken away. “Anti-loyalism” reached its optimum when a law was passed which caused restrictions on loyalists that suspended their right to vote. Nevertheless, measures were subsequently taken to allow loyalists to reside in the city once more with the consequence of accepting the state’s title to their confiscated property.
The banishment of loyalists who have been wholeheartedly loyal to their authorities was seemingly unjust, as they were the ones preserving the city. Homberger adroitly describes how they were expelled from society but were apparently needed in the long run. Therefore, measures were taken and laws were instigated so as to accommodate their residency. However, upon their re-arrival, things were not the same as the royalists were no longer in control, but rather the wealthy.
(Taken from Homberger’s The Historical Atlas of New York City, “The End of Loyalists New York” pg. 60 – 61)