My school’s history books always refered to colonists loyal to the crown as Tories. The revolutionary war was repeatedly covered in nearly every grade throughout high school. Questions about the Tories and their siding with the British were always on our tests.
Today, I see the word loyalist used? I read every article about the Revolutionary War that I come across. US history is one of my biggest interest.
Here’s an example. The reporter uses loyalist throughout the article. Except for George Washington’s direct quote. He uses Torie. The term actually used by colonists during the war.
Btw, I am very, very excited about The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer. I pre-ordered it and it comes out Jan 2. Meltzer’s books are always good. He usually writes research based fiction. But, this story is so fascinating that it didn’t require fictionalizing.