Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn November 25, 1783, the last British soldiers withdrew from (evacuated) the new nation of the United States. More than 20,000 British “Loyalists” had already been evacuated, and the last soldiers departed at about noon from New York Harbor for what are now the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Canada.Evacuees changed the human geography of their adopted homelands. Thousands of evacuees were “Black Loyalists,” for instance—enslaved African Americans who fought for the British in exchange for their freedom. Black Loyalists were evacuated to both Canada and England, and many eventually became leaders of the African nation of Sierra Leone.Other evacuees remained in Canada, where the majority of European Canadians spoke French. The thousands of English-speaking former Americans helped create the new Canadian province of New Brunswick.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry adopt Verb
to take over or nurture an idea or responsibility as if it were one's own.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
to leave or remove from a dangerous place.
at some point in the future.
process of trading or changing one thing for another.
fatty or oily material, usually melted animal fat.
part of a body of water deep enough for ships to dock.
Encyclopedic Entry: harbor human geography Noun
the study of the way human communities and systems interact with their environment.
free from influence, threat, or support.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation province Noun
division of a country larger than a town or county.
Encyclopedic Entry: province remain Verb
to continue or stay in the same position.
Revolutionary War Noun
(1775-1783) conflict between Great Britain and the colonies that became the United States. Also called the American War of Independence.
person who is owned by another person or group of people.
person who serves in a military.
acts that cause physical harm to another person.