In 1780's, the French was divided into three estates. The Clergy, the Nobles, and everybody else. The third estate had pay all the taxes meanwhile first and second didn't have to. This made third estate furious with their government and King. The citizens of France believed that they deserved more rights to help their benefits. They were influenced by the Enlightenment ideas, so they thought of kicking their government out. Unfortunately the revolution was poorly planned and just turned into chaos. Instead it turned into a bloodbath and the guillotined was born to behead poor innocent citizens or anyone that stood in the way. It also gave the famous general Napoleon Bonaparte to be put in charge after the bloodbath when France was desperately in need of great source of help to push their economy. Little did they know that a few years later they will regret it.
King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates General. He discussed how France's gov was having financial problems.The king said that each estate would vote as a body (each estate would get 1 vote). The king said that each estate would vote as a body (each estate would get 1 vote). So they decided to make their own meetings called the National Assembly.
Meeting of the Estates-General
This is unfair! We can barely make a living and feed our families!
We should be able to vote on how many people we per group...
We should all vote that Third Estate will help pay for our country taxes!
In May of 1789, King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates General to address France's financial crisis. The Estates General was made up of three groups . Each group had the same amount of voting power. The Third Estate felt that this wasn't fair as they represented 98% of the people, but could still be outvoted. When the king refused to give them more power, the Third Estate created its own group called the National Assembly.
We will continue these meetings until King Louis XVI meets our demands!
The Third Estate had recently made demands of the king and had demanded that the commoners have more of a say in government.They demanded that the military leader of the Bastille, Governor de Launay, surrender the prison and hand over the gunpowder. He refused. they managed to get into the courtyard. Once inside the courtyard, they began to try and break into the main fortress. The fighting had began. The turning point in the fight came when some of the soldiers joined the side of the crowd. Launay surrendered the fort and the crowd took control.
WE WANT CHANGE! RELEASE THE PRISONERS!
GUARDS! HOLD DOWN THE PRISON! THEY'RE BREAKING THROUGH!
October 5, 1789, a large group of women in a Paris marketplace began to revolt. They wanted to buy bread for their families. They began to march through Paris demanding bread at a fair price. After six hours of marching in the pouring rain, the crowd arrived at the king's palace in Versailles. Once the crowd arrived at Versailles they demanded to meet the king. He agreed to provide them food from the king's stores and promised more in the future. But most of the crowd weren't satisfied, so they forced the king and queen then traveled back to Paris. From there they never returned to see their beautiful place in Versailles.
WE DEMAND THE KING! WE WANT FAIR FOOD PRICES! NOW!
COME OUT BAKER AND BAKER'S WIFE! WE WANT YOU TO COME BACK TO PARIS W/US NOW!