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Loyalists felt that they were better off staying within British rule. The purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to explain reasons and request a peaceful separation from British rule. Signing the Declaration would have been against their beliefs.

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Contrary to how the American Revolution is portrayed in most American schools, the Revolutionary position was really not the majority opinion in the United States prior to and during much of the American Revolution. Most Americans were quite content to be British colonists. The British had successfully protected the colonies during the Seven Years War (known in the USA as the French and Indian War). Additionally, most Southerners preferred to have a good and stable trading partner like Britain form whom they could depend on consistent purchase orders and shipment protection. This pro-British attitude in the South was actually the reason why the Continental Congress chose George Washington, a Virginian, to lead the US Army. Otherwise, there would be little reason for Southerners to support the Revolution.

Cities in general were loyalist bastions as well. New York was well-known during the American Revolution for having many pro-British loyalists due to the incredible amount of commerce and trade that went on in that city. Many New Yorkers were quite proud when British General Clinton made Fort Tryon (in north Manhattan) his headquarters to manage the war in the North. Boston and Providence were really the only two cities that were wholeheartedly galvanized revolutionaries.

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The loyalists were loyal to Britain and didn't want to break ties to there country.

Are we talking American War of Independence.? Then I am surprised you don't know the is self explanatory, they were loyal to George III and did not want to be ruled by anyone else.

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They were satisfied with British rule.

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