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French Revolution Timeline

  • Meeting of the Estates General

    Meeting of the Estates General
    A meeting called by the King for the estates to discuss laws and taxes. The third estated wanted a new voting system that made voting more fair. The King declined which made the third estate angry. The third estate tried to go against the King and he locked them of the meeting place.
  • Creation of the National Assembly

    Creation of the National Assembly
    A legislation was proclaimed by the third estate on this day. The King had locked the third estate out of the meeting place because they didn't want to cooperate. The third estate decided to hold their own meeting in an indoor tennis court. They wouldn't leave until they created a constitution of France.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    Storming of the Bastille
    A mob of people went to an ancient prison in France that was holding anti-monarchy prisoners. The mob tried to negotiate with the prison guard for weapons but he refused. The mob attacked and ended up beheading the prison guard and dragging his head through the streets.
  • Declaration of the Rights of man and of the Citizen

    Declaration of the Rights of man and of the Citizen
    The declaration was like an outline for the French Revolution. It promised true freedom; liberty, equality, and fraternity. The declaration was inspired by the Bill of Rights and Enlightenment philosophers. Women were not promised rights in this declaration.
  • Creation of the National Convention

    Creation of the National Convention
    The National Convention was made up of radicals which are people that favor extreme change. Their first act was to abolish monarchy and declare France a republic. They also had to fight off foreign invaders.
  • Execution of the King

    Execution of the King
    King Louis was placed on trial and scheduled to die the next day. Louis tried to give a speech about why he was innocent, but was interrupted. The King, his wife, and his son were all executed by the guillotine.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    This was the point of the Revolution where it was at it's point. Slavery was abolished in France. Anybody that was thought to be a threat to the Revolution was executed. THis included Jean-Paul Marat, Georges-Jacques Danton, and Maximilian Robespierre (radical leaders). There were 17,000 executions during the reign of terror. This all ended with the death of robespierre.
  • Coup d'etat

    Coup d'etat
    This was the end of the Revolution when Napoleon stepped in. Order was restored with a forced transfer of power. Napoleon was later banished to the remote island called St. Helena where he died.