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The Storming of the Bastille

My report on the Storming of the Bastille for my advanced Literature class.

Taylor Penrod

on 8 April 2011

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Storming of the Bastille July 14, 1789 an event that paved the way to further civil disorder and upheaval in France It is from here on that the revolution took on a snowball effect slowly spilling over the whole of France transforming what was till then an oppressive monarchist regime By: Taylor Penrod An ironic discovery that was made was the entry in King Louis XVI’s diary for that particular date In the comfort of his Palace at the Versailles he was unaware of the impact of the events that were taking place in Paris and the effects that they would have on the future course of the country’s fate he wrote “July 14th; nothing” This day is seen by many as the symbol of the French revolution and is to date a public holiday in memory of the revolution Bastille was a huge structure which was previously a castle building with eight towers was situated in the East of Paris in the working class district of St Antoine There were various rumors being floated around Paris that created a hype which led to the people storming the Bastille a constant threat from bandits, outlaws and evil aristocrats who were known to have been starving people The King too was suspected for planning and preparing for a violent suppression of the French Public through the use of the military The final straw was when the King stripped the Necker of his ministry as he was popular amongst the people, this was done on the 12th of July and from here on the public was colored with the spirit of rebellion The Bastille was guarded by cannon, eighty soldiers and an additional thirty Swiss Guards The soldiers had six hundred musketoons, twelve rampart muskets complete with more than fifteen thousand cartridges and twenty thousand pounds of powder Soon after a few gun shots triggered a chaotic crossfire which resulted in a blood bath inside the prison courtyard In this period of four hours it was seen that many of the prison defenders changed sides and started fighting from the revolutionaries’ side Eventually the fighting ended and de Launay and his men where taken to Town Hall and murdered and their heads were put up on posts and paraded around the city At the news of the storming of the Bastille the king was forced to reinstate the Necker and despose of the troops near the capital It was at this moment that the red, white and blue cocard was crowned as the symbol of France Some fun facts Bibliography http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/article/France/French-Revolution-Storming-the-Bastille/1002 http://www.essortment.com/storming-bastille-61070.html French statesman, the finance minister of Louis XVI An unwise decision on the part of De Launay was to let the mob into the courtyard the governor of the Bastille de Sainte Antoine
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