History Board I - The French Revolution Begins
Causes of the French Revolution:
Who was the most to blame?
-King Louis XVI - $$$, Old Regime, Loans, Tried to Flee, Weak Leadership
-2nd Estate Nobles
The Third Estate cannot be the only people responsible for paying taxes. We can't even afford to buy bread to feed our families!
I know! King Louis XVI is a weak leader and France is falling apart because of his poor choices. While we're paying taxes, he and Marie Antoinette continue to spend money on whatever they want!
We don't have much money left, France is going into debt! I think we need to tax the Second Estate. That should solve the problem.
Oh, by the way Louis, I bought a few more dresses. Do you like my new powdered wig?
May 5, 1789: Versailles - Louis XVI calls a meeting of the Estates-General to vote on his idea.
The First and Second Estates can outvote us in the Third Estate. Each delegate should get a vote, since there are much more people in the Third Estate.
It's a good thing we established the National Assembly, but now that we were locked out of our meeting room we must make the Tennis Court Oath that we will stay until we create a new constitution.
We cannot allow the attack of France. Let's gather gunpowder and weapons to defend ourselves!
July 14, 1789: The fall of Bastille, a Paris prison.
Leaving Paris does not help your people. We demand that you leave Versailles and return to Paris at once!
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