Something has to be done about this! We are starving and I can’t afford much more food for my family!
King Louis XVI was putting France into more and more debt. The country was going downhill the way he ran things and was heading toward revolution.
I agree! We must put a stop to the king and the monarchy's dictatorial rule!
The military governor, Bernard-Rene Jordan de Launey, feared that the revolutionaries may attack the Bastille. This is why he ordered 250 barrels of gunpowder and raised the drawbridges.
Yes Governor! Right Away!
I fear that the Bastille will be a target of the revolutionaries. Raise the drawbridges and reinforce the fortress!
The soldiers see that a large crowd with weapons are heading toward Bastille.
The mob is approaching! Ready the other soldiers for fighting!
Right away Sir!
On the day of July 14, 1789, revolutionaries approach the Bastille. They demand that the military leader of the Bastille, Governor de Launay, surrender the prison and hand over the gunpowder.
We demand you give over Bastille to us, or we will take it with force!
Bastille is ours, Governor de Launey is also!
The revolutionaries capture De Launay.
I surrender! Please don't hurt me.
What the revolutionaries had come to do is accomplished. This day in history has been recorded as the Storming of the Bastille. Upon reaching the spot where the governor was going to go on trial, he was swayed away by a mob and murdered. This incident marked the beginning of the French Revolution