Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice during the time Great Britain was changing rapidly. After Austen's birth, the USA declared independence from Great Britain. Following this, GB entered a time of fiscal difficulty because of their frequent wars. During this time, industrialization sped up while arts and culture flourished within England. Meanwhile, in homes, a daughter's courtship was still the primary way for a family to become richer, making marriage the utter focus of a young woman's life.