Storming of the Bastille
- On July 14, 1789, panic broke out in Paris. The king dispatched troops.
- Rumors spread that he would shortly order the soldiers to fire on the civilians. A peoples' militia of 7,000 men and women was organized in front of the town hall. For guns, they broke into government buildings.
- In an attempt to capture ammunition, several hundred individuals marched east and attacked the Bastille.
- In the ensuing conflict, the commander of the Bastille was killed, and the prisoners were released.
- Prints were produced by artists when the Bastille was toppled.
- All hated bastille because it supported the king's autocracy. People looking for souvenirs could purchase stone fragments from the destroyed fortification in the marketplaces.
Why was the Bastille hated by all?
The Bastille in France was a stronghold. It functioned as a symbol of the dictatorial power of King Louis XVI. As a result, it was hated by everyone in France. On July 14, 1789, a mob in Paris stormed the Bastille in an attempt to free convicts since the Bastille had previously served as a prison for political prisoners.