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Storming of the Bastille

Storming of the Bastille

Jul 14, 2012

On July 14, 1789, a bloodthirsty mob stormed the Bastille, a French stronghold where prisoners were held without trial under direct order of King Louis XVI. The mob’s objectives were to obtain gunpowder stored there and to free the prisoners. To the mob, the Bastille was a symbol of the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. Bernard-René de Launay was in charge...