Hey, did you hear the news? King Louis XVI is going to use military force to dismiss the National Assembly and kill citizens!
We have to do something!
Now all we need is some gunpowder.
Grab all the gunpowder you can!
And if time permits, lets release the prisoners as well!
The sense of menace that the militarization of the city caused, as well as the message from King Louis XVI, provoked a march to the Bastille, in order to get gunpowder.
Good thing we decapitated all of those guards!
After hearing about King Louis XVI plan, members of the Third Estate started to gather weapons to defend against King Louis' military, but they ran into some problems.
Now we can finally make way for a new era of government and equal rights!
I'm glad we killed our old leaders! It's so relieving!
On July 14, 1789, a Paris mob stormed the Bastille, in search of large quantities of arms and ammunition that they believed was stored at the fortress. Also, they hoped to free prisoners at the Bastille, as it was traditionally a fortress in which political prisoners were held.
After arriving at the prison and negotiating with its governor, marchers burst into an outer courtyard and a pitch battle erupted. By the time it was over, the people of Paris had freed the prisoners held in the Bastille and taken the governor captive.
The Bastille is now ours! Now, lets tear it apart!
After the Storming of the Bastille, citizens put the heads of the Bastille's dead guards and commanders on pikes and paraded around the Paris streets.
Now, July 14th is celebrated in France as their Independence Day, or Bastille Day. This day is a lot like the 4th of July in the United States of America.