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The classical period

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    The Enlightenment was a cultural and intellectual movement that emerged in France, England, and Germany in the mid-18th century. Until the 19th century brought with it profound changes in the culture and society of the time, which is why the 18th century is known as the "Age of Enlightenment".
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    The encyclopedia

    The Encyclopedia took 20 years to complete. The first volume would be published on July 1, 1751, and the last in 1772. The final work consisted of 17 volumes of text and 11 illustrative volumes with descriptive drawings. Together, they add up to a collection of more than 71,000 items
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    From a young age, Beethoven showed great gifts for music: at just seven years old, he offered his first public concert in Cologne (Germany). His father forced him to play late at night for his friends and made him practice all day on different instruments such as the piano, the organ and the clarinet.
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    The Independence of the Thirteen English Colonies in North America

    The American War of Independence was a conflict that pitted the thirteen original British colonies in North America against the Kingdom of Great Britain. It occurred between 1775 and 1783, ending with the British defeat at the Battle of Yorktown and the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
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    First flight of a hot air balloon
    The first passenger-carrying balloon used hot air for buoyancy and was built by brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France, in 1783. The first passenger flight was on September 19, 1783, carrying a sheep, a duck, and a rooster
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    Execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
    Louis XVI would be tried before the Assembly for treason, sentenced to death and executed by guillotine on January 21, 1793. Months later, on October 16, his wife Marie Antoinette was also executed.
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    For Elisa
    Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1810, and dated April 27, Para Elisa was released 40 years after the death of the German composer, and discovered by a musicologist who found this melody among the manuscripts of a former student and suitor of the musician
  • Beginning of the French Revolution

    Beginning of the French Revolution
    The French Revolution was the first to create a state based on the ideas of the Enlightenment. All the people who supported the French Revolution shared the same ideas about the system of government that should replace absolutism.