"I can't wait to get a better life but we are leaving many of our family members".
The thousands of Loyalists who arrived in the Maritimes and Québec brought with them hopes for a good life in British North America. Many families left behind thriving farms and became refugees, on the promise of freedom and new land.
Once Loyalists had arrived, they could begin the process of acquiring land. Individual Loyalists or groups of Loyalists could petition, or request, one or more lots. They would often divide the land they acquired among themselves.
Along with land, Loyalists were given some free supplies, such as farm tools, food, and clothing. As well, they did not have to pay taxes for a number of years.
The Loyalists had to make up for the free land they owned for the years. They would have to do certain task in a period of time to keep the land. If the task was not completed, they would have to give the land back.
The 8000 Loyalists that landed along the St, Lawrence river In southern Quebec didn't like there new homes. The Loyalists’ arrival also affected how geographic borders were drawn in the Maritime region. Many Loyalist refugees did not trust the existing settlers in Nova Scotia, since they had remained neutral during the American Revolution. The Maritime Loyalists demanded that the government create separate Loyalist settlement.
This resulted in dividing Nova Scotia into three separate colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Cape Breton Island. The area’s remaining 8500 Acadians were dispersed across these colonies, as well.