French Revolution

French Revolution

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  • I don't have enough grain to give you and to feed my family.
  • I don't care! Give me your taxes now!
  • I swear to continue meeting until we create a new constitution!
  • Move to Paris, you grain and bread hoarder!
  • We will go to Paris.
  • In pre-revolutionary France, the commoners and peasants had to pay heavy taxes, even though most of them were not very wealthy. They had to pay the lord's taxes, while the lords lived lavishly.
  • Marie Antoinette has been sentenced to death by guillotine.
  • The Third Estate, which was made up of commoners and peasants, decided to form their own National Assembly since the Estates General was unequal. This new National Assembly met at an indoor tennis court and swore the Tennis Court Oath, saying that they would continue meeting until they created a new constitution.
  • We are taking control of northern Italy, now!
  • The women's march, on October 5, 1789, was caused by a rumor being spread that Marie Antoinette was hoarding grain and it was believed that there was bread in the Palace of Versailles. This march was when a bunch of armed peasants women stormed the palace, where King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were living. These women demanded the King and Queen to move to Paris, so they finally did.
  • During the Reign of Terror, the Committee of Public Safety held power. Maximilien Robespierre was in control of the Committee during this violent time. Around 16,000 enemies of the revolution were killed via guillotine in France during the Reign of Terror, including Marie Antoinette.
  • Before Napolean came into power in 1799, he had many military conquests. In 1796, he became the commander of the French armies in Italy. He won a series of battles by using speed, surprise, and decisive action. He defeated the armies of the Papal States and their Austrian allies. This gave France complete control of northern Italy. 
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