It's 1774 in Williamsburg, and tensions in the British American Colonies are rising. Your students are invited to engage with young people around the city to see if independence is in the air... or not?

Uncovering Loyalties with Colonial Williamsburg puts them at the center of the action in pre-revolutionary Virginia. Commissioned by Lord Dunmore, students will ask questions, listen to responses, and apply critical-thinking skills to identify where loyalties lie.

Your students will discover how history is always more interesting… once they start asking questions.

In Uncovering Loyalties, your students will:

  • Explore Williamsburg, Virginia in 1774.
  • Engage with young people across different early American classes, life experiences, and loyalties.
  • Keep a balance of opinions.
  • Determine if loyalties in colonial America stay true to Britain or lie with soon-to-be patriots.

For English Language Learners: This game offers a support tool, Spanish translation, voiceover, and glossary.

This game was made in partnership between iCivics and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation through the generous support of the Bob and Marion Wilson family.


  • Explore why individuals and groups differed in their perspectives during the same period.
  • Apply critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources.
  • Understand how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests led to the American Revolutionary War.

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