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Fall of the Bastille

(Storming of Bastille)

Cause of Demonstrations

Jacques Necker

Effects after the Storming of Bastille


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The Fall of the Bastille

(The Storming of Bastille)

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In July 14th, 1789, the demonstrators in the Paris attacked a fortress, which served as a prison, the Bastille. To increase the number of the demonstrators, the demonstrators in the present dispersed rumors, the troops are heading for Paris.

On July 14th the demonstrators attacked an old fort city, the Bastille where it stored gunpowder and guns. The storming of Bastille killed few garrison soldiers defending the fort, and 176 offensive soldiers were either wounded or killed. The crowed freed the seven prisoners in the Bastille, and as a result the leader of the garrison soldier was killed by one of the crowds. To reveal their victory the head of the leader was attached to the end a stick.
The Bastille had been a symbol of authority, or despotism, having the cruel and unfair government. The authority of King Louis had appointed were altered with one of the demonstrator’s company. The militia, also known as the National Guard, replaced the king’s troops.
The storming of Bastille was a very important start of the French Revolution. The storming of Bastille showed and influenced people common citizens, or peasants have the right to oppose the King’s or the government’s idea or act.

The Cause of demonstrations

While the people in Paris was excited about the news of the National Assembly creation, on July 12, people of the Paris found out the King approved the comments of his adviser to alter the king’s finance minster, Jacques Necker to a baron named Breteutil. In response the citizens formed a group of demonstrators to recalibrate the wrong decision of the King. The demonstrators were later one of the important causes of the Fall of Bastille.

Jacques Necker

Jacques Necker was the Minister of Finance, under King Louis XVI. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 30th, 1732 and he was dead in April 9th, 1804. In October 1776, Jacques Necker was appointed as the Minister of Finance. His attempts of regulating the finances were fairly successful; however he was later replaced with a baron named Breteutil. One of the Necker’s attempts was to divide the tax more equally, and to create loaning money on security. The act of replacing Jacques Necker and giving less representation later cause the rebellion, storming of the Bastille.

The Effects after the Storming of Bastille

The outcome of one king’s mistake was huge. The king lost his powers, and also lost his soldiers. The soldiers were replaced with armed militia and the fall of the Bastille caused many other countries in France to rebel. Due to unfair taxes and rumors, peasants in the France were complaining about the right of human being. In August 27, the National Assembly declared the right of man and citizens; it issued its “Declaration of the Right of Man”. After the storming of Bastille life in Paris and France was lot more advanced and most people were free from hunger. Today, there is a national holiday called the Bastille Day, which was the turning point, where Paris and many other countries were free from hunger and economic alleviation. The success of Paris pretty much influenced many other countries to rebel and later it caused the French revolution.



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