Bastille Day Celebrations and what they mean

Author: Eddie | Subject: History of France

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Article excerpt: On the 14th July 1789 a crowd of French revolutionaries gathered outside the walls of the Bastille prison in Paris and demanded the surrender of the prison and its inmates to them. Although there were only seven inmates there at the time, the release of these people was not the primary reason for the attackers being there. Their purpose was to secure the large amount of weaponry, including muskets and shot that were stored in the prison for use in what was to become know as the French revolution. Although two of the attackers were allowed into the fortress to negotiate at around 13.30 that day, fighting broke out shortly afterwards and, after a bloody battle where around one hundred people died, the prison was liberated early that evening.