French Revolution

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  • On July 14, 1789 (Bastille Day) an angry mob outnumbered the King's soldiers and got control of the Bastille- a French prison which had the gunpowder they needed for their weapons. It was a symbol of absolute despotism from the king, and only added to the revolution.
  • Rebellion spread from Paris to the country. Peasants were revolting- they violently stormed into nobles' mansions and tore up legal papers that required them to pay feudal dues.
  • Women from Paris were rioting over the rising price of bread. They marched 12 miles from Paris to Versailles, where the kings' palace was, and broke in. The women demanded that The royal family come to Paris to deal with its problems. Marie Antoinette was almost shredded by the women, but escaped before they got there.
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