Storming of the Bastille

Storming of the Bastille

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  • The people of France needed gunpowder for their Revolution. The stores of gunpowder were in the Bastille, a giant castle in the middle of Paris. The Bastille was something many French people were scared of. It was used as a prison for political prisoners and horrible torture practices were used there. It was a symbol of the tight tyrannical hold the French monarchy had on the people of France.
  • The Revolutionaries decided to storm the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, with weapons to get the gunpowder. This would also help people realize that this symbol of the French monarchy could fall, just like the monarchy itself. They stormed the castle and broke in. This was the incitement of the French Revolution. 
  • The Revolutionaries demanded that the military leader of the Bastille surrender to them and hand over the store of gunpowder. He initially refused, and the crowd grew agitated. After a while, they broke in and took the gunpowder for themselves. The leader surrendered the fort to the Revolutionaries but it was too late. He was killed by the crowd, and they captured the Bastille. 
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