French Revolution Timeline

Timeline created by Sebastián Villa Quintana
  • Meeting of the Estates General

    Meeting of the Estates General
    This event was the start of the French Revolution and it happened because of the political and financial situation in France, forcing Louis XVI to summon the Estates-General. This assembly was composed of the three estates: the clergy, nobility, and commoners who had the power to decide on the recollection of new taxes and to make reforms in the country.
  • Fall of the Bastille

    Fall of the Bastille
    The Fall of the Bastille was an event that happened was that a state prison on the east side of Paris, known as the Bastille, was attacked by an aggressive mob, When the governor of the prison refused to comply, the mob charged and, after a violent battle, eventually, the mob took hold of the building.
  • March on Versailles

    March on Versailles
    The Women's March on Versailles was one of the earliest and most significant events of the French Revolution because most of the women made a mob because of the prices and the scarcity of the bread and they started the mob. It finished in the Palace of Versailles, and they had a dramatic and violent confrontation, and they successfully pressed their demands upon King Louis XVI.
  • Flight to Varennes

    Flight to Varennes
    The flight to Varennes was during the night of 20 to 21 of June in 1791 in the French Revolution in which King Louis XVI of France, his queen Marie Antoinette, and their immediate family unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Paris in order to initiate a counter-revolution at the head of loyal troops under royalist officers concentrated at Montmédy near the frontier.
  • Dissolution of the National Assembly

    Dissolution of the National Assembly
    The Dissolution of the National Assembly was after surviving two years of revolution in the laws, the National Constituent Assembly dissolved itself on 30 September 1791. The next day, the Constitution of 1791 went into effect, which gave the power to the Legislative Assembly.
  • War with Austria

    War with Austria
    The war with Austria was because the Legislative Assembly declared war on them. Although the French fared poorly at first, the armies became more successful as the war progressed and France made the war with Austria because the revolutionaries wanted war because they thought the war would unify the country, and also that had a genuine desire to spread the ideas of the Revolution to all of Europe.
  • Declaration of the Republic

    Declaration of the Republic
    What happened in the declaration of the Republic was that the National Constituent Assembly declared France to be a Republic and abolished the Monarchy. Louis was taken away from all of his titles and honors, and from this date was simply known as a normal citizen.
  • The Trial of Louis

    The Trial of Louis
    The trial of Louis was a key event of the French Revolution, was the trial of the former king, officially called as a citizen since being dethroned in September, before the National Convention. He was convicted of high treason and other crimes, resulting in his execution.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    The reign of terror in France was a period of the French Revolution when problems between political factions rivals took a mutual radicalization, which took into a violent execution of people with the guillotine.
  • The Directory

    The Directory
    The directory was a group of five men who held the executive power in France according to the constitution of the year, in the French Revolution. They were chosen by the new legislature, by the Council of Five Hundred and the Council of Ancients; every year one director, chosen by lot, had to be replaced.
  • Napoleon In

    Napoleon In
    Napoleon was part of a group that successfully overthrew the French Directory. The Directory was replaced with a three-member Consulate and Napoleon became the first consul, making him France's leading political figure, and also with that action, the French Revolution finished.
  • Napoleonic wars

    Napoleonic wars
    The Napoleonic Wars were wars which happened during the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte over France. They started after the French Revolution ended and Napoleon became powerful in France. War began between the United Kingdom and France in 1803. These wars changed European military systems.
  • Latin American Wars of Independence

    Latin American Wars of Independence
    The Latin American Wars of Independence was started in 1808 and it finished in 1826 with the final victory of Latin American patriots over Spain.
  • Congress of Vienna Assembly

    Congress of Vienna Assembly
    The Congress of Vienna Assembly reorganized Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. It began in September 1814, five months after Napoleon I's first abdication, and completed its “Final Act” in June 1815, near before the final defeat of Napoleon.