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Over a period of two years twenty thousand loyalist settlers moved to Nova Scotia many of whom have a natural desire for own separate identity A simplistic and traditional view of the United Empire Loyalists is that they were self sacrificing people who chose to remain faithful to their British heritage rather than become tainted by the new faith of Republicanism A closer look reveals that their rejection of the new nation forms the roots of another everlasting Canadian characteristic that of anti Americanism Men such as Edward Winslow James Simcoe and Charles Inglis would greatly influence the shaping of this new emerging society but their interests were questionable The loyalists are said to have contributed greatly to the development of an Anglican Canadian society Firstly the loyalists created an unexpected stream of settlements along the St Lawrence that is west of the French settlement If the loyalists had not fled the area of Nova Scotia this region may have remained in the hands of Great Britains control much longer Also this land would be free for the Americans to expand northwards Most importantly of all the loyalists are said to the founders of Canada as they did maintain the tie with Britain that was Canadas guarantee of independence So this suggests that the loyalists did determine the shape of future Canadian society Another impact of loyalist settlement was increasing the speed of growth of Nova Scotia which lead to the founding of New Brunswick By steadily increasing the population the development of class structure and a separate Government eventually occurred in the regions that they settled The development of such institutions was important to many loyalists who wanted a familiar environment to the one that they had left behind in America As well as changing the physical and structural shape of Canada the loyalist character differentiated Canada from America This was important as it also separated Canadian and
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