PATRIOTS VS. LOYALISTSThe Revolutionary War split the people of the American colonies into two groups: the LOYALISTS and the PATRIOTS. There were some people who chose not to pick a side and stayed neutral to avoid conflict and war.PatriotsA PATRIOT was a person who wanted the American colonies to gain their independence from Britain. They wanted their own country to be called the United States. Other names for patriots included Sons of Liberty, Rebels, Whigs, and Colonials. People in America became patriots because they felt they were being treated unfairly by the British. They were being taxed without any say or representation in the British government. Cries for “liberty” were soon heard throughout the colonies. Patriots wanted freedom from British rule. LoyalistA LOYALIST was a person who lived in the American colonies, but did not want to break away from the British. There were many people who wanted to stay part of Britain and remain British citizens. Other names for the loyalists included Tories, Royalists, and the King’s Friends.