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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Loyalists Escape to Barbados #genealogy #history #revolutionarywar #georgiapioneers

Escape of Loyalists after Revolutionary War to Barbados

BarbadosBarbados, a British owned island of planters of sugar cane served as an for Loyalists avoiding treason and hanging. As soon as the war ended, while the British prepared to depart Savannah, "Mad Anthony" Johnson was en route from North Carolina to Savannah in the hopes of acquiring the confiscated lands of the Loyalists. General Johnson had made some unfortunate tactical decisions during the war and his reputation suffered because of it. A List of Traitors was quickly compiled of some of the most prominent persons of the age. Robert Baillie, James Butler, Philip Delegal, Samuel Douglas, Thomas Flemming, John Fox, Donald Frazer, Thomas Gibbons, John Graham, Lachlan McGillivray and John Mullryne were numbered among those owning large plantations. The intention of the General was to establish order to the city and gain a prize for himself. But it did not work out that way, because some of the more successful generals, such as Nathaniel Greene, were awarded the confiscated estates. Not wishing to be hanged for traitors, the departure of the Loyalists from Charleston and Savannah was a hasty retreat into Northern Florida, North Providence and Barbados. Generally speaking, the Loyalists North of Charleston and in the New England States escaped into Halifax, Nova Scotia and other areas of the Canadian province. 

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