The French became allies with the Americans. They helped the Americans defeat the British and they gave them money, weapons and supplies that they shipped to America.
¨Oath of Tennis Court¨
The French collected taxes but not enough. Their government has wasted their money in the past on wars. Also food prices were high and pay was low.
The battle of ¨Bastille¨
King Louis XVI in 1789 called a meeting, Estates General. He did this because their government was having financial problems. One of the early issues that was brought up was how they would vote. Each estate had one member come and the 3rd estate had 98 percent of the population yet still counted as the same amount of a vote as the other estates. After this unfairness the 3rd estate walked out and on the palace tennis court declared themselves as the National Assembly.
¨Declaration of the Rights of Man¨
When the 3rd estate left the meeting they were on the tennis court of palace grounds. The members of the National Assembly swore the ¨Oath of the Tennis Court¨, promising to write a constitution for France. This is the marker of when the revolution had begun.
The nobles kept trying to convince Louis that the National Assembly was talking as if he was not the ruler of France. After all Louis decided, he called 18,000 soldiers to Versailles. At the battle the crowd demanded the governors cannons and other weapons. Out of confusion a battle broke out. The crowd surrounded the government and killed him. This is now the French's Independence day, July 14th.
In 1789 the National Assembly passed the Declaration of the Rights of Man. This was a statement that declared all people equal and had all the rights of freedom.