Fill in the table “Supporters and opponents of colonial independence”.

Patriots Loyalists
Population category Interests Population category Interests
Part of the aristocracy Seeked political rights Aristocracy Owned the lands received from the English crown
Planters Anglican clergy Opponents of Puritanism
Wage-earners Seeked to lift the ban on moving to the West and becoming farmers Colonial administration officials Dependent on the king financially (positions, salaries)
Part of the merchant class Supported free trade and the abolition of the monopoly on British goods Part of the merchant class Links with the English market
Part of the black slaves Hoped for liberation from slavery Part of the black slaves Hoped for liberation from slavery
Entrepreneurs and farmers Strived to abolish trade bans and open factories Indian tribes The king promised them the inviolability of their lands


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