In the New York Times Magazine of this past Sunday, there is an essay by Maya Jasanoff, "Loyal To a Fault" If it is historically accurate (no reason to believe otherwise) the majority of the Colonists here on American soil couldn't give two hoots and a hollar about separating from Merry Old. In fact, there was a significant minority of some 20 odd percent that actually did not want liberty, they were doing quite well under King George. As the Colonial Army retreated south from Boston thru NY, there was some harassment of the troops by the Torys, and after the battles passed thru to the south, especially so after the defeat suffered on Long Island, the Torys petitioned the King for some protections from the rebels. The petitions were granted, and certain awards and privileges were given to those who declared continued loyalty to the Crown. Paybacks after the Colonists won were hell. Torys were harassed, lands and possessions confiscated, and many of the top folk, doctors, lawyers, and real good minds, emigrated to other Crown Colonies to get away from the humiliations. Many were later successful in winning liberties, including at least limited self government from the Crown, in their new digs. They may have been loyal, but they carried with them certain tendencies toward self rule acquired while colonists in the new world. Canada is the first of those. Happy Birthday to the USA. We are lucky the good ones stayed. After all, we're here, aren't we?