Timeline of the French Revolution by Olivia Brewer

  • British leave Yorktown

    British leave Yorktown
    British general Charles cornwallis surrendered his troops. Cornwallis brought 8,000 troops and expected help from the british ships but they never came.
  • The Estates-General met at Versailles

    The Estates-General met at Versailles
    The Estates-General was a assembly representing the French estates of the area asked for by Louis XVI to fix France's financial problems.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    Storming of the Bastille
    A prison in Paris, known as the Bastille, was attacked by a mob. The prison had become a symbol of the monarchy’s dictatorial rule, and the event became one of the defining moments in the Revolution that followed.
  • March on Versailles

    March on Versailles
    The Women's March on Versailles was an important event at the start of the French Revolution. These events helped the change of power and reforms to overtake france.
  • Trial and Execution of Louis XVI

    Trial and Execution of Louis XVI
    He was convicted of high treason and other crimes. The Convention voted for Louis’ to die. Louis was then to the guillotine and decapitated.
  • The Reign of Terror

    The Reign of Terror
    This was a period of time during the French Revolution, in which rebels of the government were executing in large numbers. This made the government have people killed with unfair trials.
  • Fall of Robespierre

    Fall of Robespierre
    The Convention saw Robespierre as a tyrant and his Republic of Virtue as authoritarian. The Convention got together to destroy Robespierre before he destroyed the remaining members of the French government.
  • Napoleon took control of the government

    Napoleon took control of the government
    Napoleon took control of the government in a coup d'etat. He then had the power to make laws, appoint government ministers and declare war.
  • Napoleon becomes Emperor

    Napoleon becomes Emperor
    The French people accepted Napoleon as an Emperor after the overthrow of their king because they liked the fact that he did not lead by divine right.
  • Napoleon’s Continental System

    Napoleon’s Continental System
    The Continental System was Napoleon's strategy to weaken Britain's economy by banning trade between Britain and states occupied by or allied with France.
  • Napoleon invades Russia

    Napoleon invades Russia
    Napoleon tried to convince Tsar Alexander I of Russia to stop trading with British merchants through proxies in an effort to pressure the United Kingdom.
  • Napoleon escaped from Elba

    Napoleon escaped from Elba
    Napoleon escaped from elba and returned to Paris, where he regained supporters and reclaimed his emperor title, which is also called the Hundred Days.
  • Battle of Waterloo

    Battle of Waterloo
    The Battle of Waterloo, in which Napoleon's forces were defeated by the British and Prussians. This marked the end of his reign and of France's domination in Europe.