The French Revoulution

The French Revoulution
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  • King Louis XVI was the king of France. He was popular with the people. He ruled France as an absolute monarchy.
  • Three Estates: Clergy- Priests and religious men. Nobles- Advisors and landowners. Commoners- Ninety-five percent of the population.
  • The commoners had to pay so many taxes like lithe, feudal charge and tax on salt. The nobles and clergy didn't have to pay these.
  • Inspired by the American revolution ad the enlightenment, and the nobles' determination to not pay taxes, the commoners set up the Nation Assembly and met up in an indoor tennis court.
  • The Bastille Prison, where gunpowder was stored, was captured and took down by the revolutionists. This was important because it was a symbol of defeating King's power.
  • The king decided to flee but was caught at Varennes.
  • King Louis was also executed and France became a Republic.
  • Soon, France was at war with Europe and Robespierre started his reign of terror to keep the revolution alive. It worked but 40,000 people died. Robespierre was executed.
  • Many kings and queens felt threatened by this result but many revolutionaries were inspired by this.
  • After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the French revolution ended and the tricolour was adopted.
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