July 14, 1789

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July 14, 1789

Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:59 am

Before the sun rose, on July 14, 1789, the Parisian mob, joined by some of the kings soldiers, stormed the Bastille. This marked the beginning of the french revolution and the end of the political disturbance and disorder along with the extreme fear of being executed by the guillotine if went against the King and Queen. The mob had just gotten a hold of 3000 rifles and a few cannons and were in forage of ammunition for their deadly instruments. The Bastille was built in 1370 to protect the city from any English attacks, however, it was converted into a prison. Its original name was Bastide, but was corruptibly changed to Bastille.

As the mob arrived, there was one guard outside, he surrendered when he saw this furious group of agitated sans-cullotes. He pleaded for mercy but they beheaded him and put his head on a stick and carried him on their journey. This showed that the mob would go to any length of cruelty to get what they wanted. The other thirty Swiss guards and 85 Invalides were all killed as the mob penetrated the prison. The seven prisoners were set free and joined the mob. However, the prisoners had been placed there by the King and Queen. The release of the prisoners was a symbol of the deteriorating monarchy.

Once they had what they needed, the mob decided to demolish the hated prison. They didn't stop until every brick of the Bastille was torn down, they were joined by four-fifths of the French army. This gave King Luis XVI an idea of how poorly he had ruled Paris, and how badly he would pay for his consequence.
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Post  Mira W. on Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:25 pm

It is interesting to think that it took the Third Estate centuries of pain and torture under an old system with failing leadership before they took action. I suppose they simply got used to being discriminated and pushed around, which is a sad thought in itself. It was pretty cool how they destroyed the Bastille Prison though, taking it apart bright by brick. Shouldn't it have been a big enough hint for King Louis XVI that he should do something? Then again, it is King Louis XVI... not exactly the sharpest man of the lot. Amazing post, Sarah!
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Post  CicelyS on Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:18 am

The Storming of the Bastille must have taken lots of courage from the third estate. After so long of being discriminated against, they finally started to fight for their rights and by doing so, they took down one of the most feared and hated prisons. It's very admirable what they did to gain their equality.
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