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French Revolution Time Line

  • The meeting of the Estates General

    The meeting of the Estates General
    This went the French Revolution started, in the face of financial crisis, wides pread agitaion and less power of the king. These was a meeting that involved the third estates.
  • The National Assembly

    The National Assembly
    This assembly existed from June 17 to July 9, 1789, was a transitional body between the Estates-General and the National Constituent Assembly.After some preliminary debate over the name, at the opening session, June 17, this body declared itself the National Assembly: an assembly not of the Estates but composed of "the People". They invited the other orders to join them, but made it clear that they intended to conduct the nation's affairs with or without them.
  • Storming of the bastille

    Storming of the bastille
    A huge, bloodthirsty mob marched to the Bastille, searching for gun powder and prisoners that had been taken by the unpopular and detested King, Louis XVI. Even elements of the newly formed National Guard were present at the assault. attacks from the government and the biting truth of starvation were just too much for the angry crowds. The Bastille had been prepared for over a week, anticipating about a hundred angry subjects.The Bastille was governed by a man named Marquis de Launay.
  • Declaration of The rights of Man and the Citizen

    Declaration of The rights of Man and the Citizen
    The Representatives of the French people, organized in National Assembly, considering that ignorance, forgetfulness, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole causes of public miseries and the corruption of governments, have resolved to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, inalienable, and sacred rights of man, so that this declaration, being ever present to all the members of the social body, may unceasingly remind them of their rights and duties.
  • Execution of king Louis XVI

    Execution of king Louis XVI
    On January 20, 1793, the National Convention condemned Louis XVI to death, his execution scheduled for the next day. Louis spent that evening saying goodbye to his wife and children. At eight o'clock a guard of 1,200 horsemen arrived to escort the former king on a two-hour carriage ride to his place of execution.
  • Reign Of Terror

    Reign Of Terror
    Reign of Terror lasted from September 1793 until the fall of Robespierre in 1794. Its purpose was to purge France of enemies of the Revolution and protect the country from foreign invaders. From January 1793-July 1794, France was governed by the Committee of Public Safety, in which Danton and Robespierre were influential members. In the course of nine months, 16, 000 people were guillotined, but executions of those labeled "internal enemies" of France took place throughout the country.
  • Coup D'Etat by Napoleon

    Coup D'Etat by Napoleon
    Napoleon takes power in France after overthrowing the Directory, which overthrew the Committee of Public Safety to end the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror
    and he stays in power for 15 years, from 1799-1815
    Bonaparte was approached by one of the Directors, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, for his support in a coup to overthrow the constitutional government.
  • National Convention

    National Convention
    Divided between Girondins and the extremist Montagnards abolished the monarchy and established the First Republic in September 1792.