French Revolution/Age of Napoleon

  • May 5, 1789 Meeting With the Estates-General

    May 5, 1789 Meeting With the Estates-General
    In this meeting the third-estate was outvoted by the other two estates. As a result of this, the leaders of the third-estate meet on a nearby tennis court and they make an oath that they will break away from the broken government. They declare that there will be a revolution.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    This was an oath that was taken on a tennis court by the Third Estate. It declared that there was going to be civil unrest because the Third Estate citizens were being wronged by the government. This leads to fighting and the start of the revolution.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    Storming of the Bastille
    The Bastille was a prison in Paris that represented the monarchy's dictatorial rule. It was attacked by an angry mob of Third Estate members. This led to a lot of violence and big events later on in the French Revolution.
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man

    Declaration of the Rights of Man
    This was a declaration of Independence that was made by the French Third Estate. This was important because it officially started the revolution. It led to fighting and a lot of important events.
  • Women's March on Versailles

    Women's March on Versailles
    It was because of the price and scarcity of bread. This was important because it forced the royals to return to paris. It gave independence to many women in France. It led to more people fighting to gain independence.
  • Execution of King Louis XVI

    Execution of King Louis XVI
    King Louis XVI was executed because he did not govern the people in a way that they saw fit. They were done being taxed while the rich were not. The people made a public event out of King Louis XVI's execution. It led to a lot of violence and the rise of new leaders.
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    Reign of Terror

    This was a timespan after the government had been overthrown. There were many massacres and executions.
  • Maximilien Robespierre's execution

    Maximilien Robespierre's execution
    Robespierre and 21 of his followers were captured and taken to be killed publicly on a guillotine. The people were done being under his rule and they wanted an end to the chaos.
  • Napoleonic Code is Established

    Napoleonic Code is Established
    This introduced ideas which involved matters relating to families and property. This is what led to the reign of Napoleon.
  • Napoleon Crowns Himself Emperor

    Napoleon Crowns Himself Emperor
    This was the start of Napoleon's rule. This would later lead to many important events.
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    Peninsular War

    This was a war that was fought by Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. They fought against France for control of the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Napoleon and his men march on Russia

    Napoleon and his men march on Russia
    Napoleon's army invaded Russia with around 600,000 men. He suffered a lot of loss of soldiers. It is estimated that the around 300,000 French soldiers died.
  • Napoleon is exiled to Elba

    Napoleon is exiled to Elba
    Napoleon loses his position as the leader of the country. He is banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba.
  • Napoleon Dies

    Napoleon Dies
    Napoleon died at the age of 51. He died on the island of Saint Helena. He was thought to have died of stomach cancer.