Women Also Fought for Independence
Image: Molly Pitcher
Monmouth Battle Monument
Monmouth County, New Jersey
When her husband was overcome with fatigue and collapsed, Molly jumped forward and helped to ‘work the gun.’
Taxed by the Mother Country
Relations between the Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain slowly, but steadily worsened after the end of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), which involved all of the major European powers and caused 900,000 to 1,400,000 deaths. The war had plunged the British government deep into debt, and the British Parliament enacted a series of measures to increase tax revenue from the colonies.