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Bastille - Alex Garner Mrs Gorsso 17 March 2010 English IV...

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Alex Garner Mrs. Gorsso 17 March 2010 English IV The Worst of Times for the French Aristocracy The time was half past three, on the famous date of July 14, 1789. A huge, bloodthirsty mob marched to the Bastille, searching for gun powder and prisoners that had been taken by the unpopular and detested King, Louis XVI. Even elements of the newly formed National Guard were present at the assault. The flying rumors of attacks from the government and the biting truth of starvation were just too much for the angry crowds. The Bastille had been prepared for over a week, anticipating about a hundred angry subjects. Renovations were made along the thick rock walls of the gargantuan fortress and between the towers were twelve more guns that were capable of launching 24-ounce case shots at any who dared to attack. However, the enraged Paris Commune was too defiant and too livid to submit to the starvation and seeming injustice of their government. But nothing could have prepared the defenders for what they met that now famous day. There were a number of events that led up to this bloody revolution. Foreign troops were deployed to Paris with no clear explanation as to why they were there. They were stationed at Paris’s 54 barrières, the gatehouses that led to the city. Jospeph Necker, the minister of finance who was incredibly popular with the common people had recently been let go. Two days prior to the rebellion, a mob of people in the public gardens of
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Tuileriers Palace were attacked by a German cavalry, who were ordered to clear the area.
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