Patriot (American Revolution)
May 29, 2022
Patriots (in English: Patriots; also called Rebels, Revolutionaries, Continentals or American Whigs) were the pro-independence inhabitants of the Thirteen American Colonies who rebelled against British control of their country during the American Revolution. Their rebellion was based on the philosophy of republicanism, expressed by men such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Thomas Paine. As a group, the Patriots came from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Its leaders included lawyers such as John Adams and Alexander Hamilton; landowners like Thomas Jefferson and George Mason; merchants like Alexander McDougall and farmers like Daniel Shays and Joseph Plumb Martin. It is estimated that at least 45% of the population of the Thirteen Colonies supported the rebellion for independence against the British. Patriots became the main figures in the process of US independence and also in the formation of the new republic.