French Revolution Timeline

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Meeting of the Estate Generals: 1789

What was the meeting of the Estate General?
The estates General met very seldom. Their last meeting was in 1614. The Estates General met back in 1789 in Versailles. They met back because government was in a serious crisis. France was bankrupt and Louis XVI needed the Estates General opinion on what to do next.

What was the importance of The Meeting of the Estates General? The importance of the Meeting of the Estates General was to give Louis XVI some judgement on what to do next for the debt that France has to pay. Louis XVI, new director the treasury. Jacques Necker hoped that the meeting of the Estates General would help France raise some money. In hope of the Estates General siding with the king gave the Estates General the power to change taxes. The Estates General did not agree with the king.

Tennis court Oath: June 1789

What was the Tennis Court Oath?
A pledge made by the Third Estate of the Estates General at the Royal Tennis Court that states that they will continue to meet until France has a new form of government.

What was the importance of the Tennis Court Oath?
Louis backed down and had all three estates in the Estates General. It was one-step closer to winning the French Revolution.

Storming of the Bastille: 1789

What was the Storming of the Bastille?
On July 14, 1789, a great mob attacked the royal prison known as the “Bastille.” There were 7 prisoners that were released. The mob cut off the head of the governors and paraded through the streets.

What was the importance of the Storming of the Bastille?
The fall of the Bastille frightened Louis to agreeing to send his solders away. The citizens formed a new army called the “National Guard” to keep order in Paris.

The Great Fear: 1789

What was the Great Fear?
The great fear was when peasants began to feel that the king’s soldiers and the aristocrats would stop the revolution. These feeling resulted to the “Great Fear.” The...
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