What Led to the Storming of the Bastille?

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Remember in January of 2021 when the United States Capitol building was stormed by protestors? Imagine that, but on an exponentially larger scale that ended up causing a war, and you’ll start to get an idea of what happened three centuries ago in France.The Bastille was a building that represented the authoritative presence of French royalty. The building is tall, built similarly to the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. However, instead of being a monument for a person, the Bastille was used as a medieval fortress, armory, and prison.

The storming of the Bastille is considered to be the catalyst of the French revolution. On July 14, 1789, protests by members of the French middle and lower classes turned into a full-on uprising as they stormed the Bastille, a building used by French royals in Paris. Somewhere between 600-1000 insurgents participated in the revolting. There were over 98 deaths, and 73 people were wounded. 

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