King Louis XIV called this meeting with the three estates to discuss the financial problems and high taxes within France. Each estate only had one vote and the third estate thought it was unfair since they were the largest.
Tennis Court Oath
June 20, 1789
The third estate declared itself as the National Assembly. After the king shutdown the building where they met, the National Assembly started meeting on a local tennis court.
Storming of the Bastille
July 17, 1789
The people consisting of the third estate stormed this prison for their weapons. They needed weapons to revolt against the king.
Reign of Terror
September 5, 1793 - July 28, 1794
A period where many deaths occurred. More than 40,000 people were executed and involved in a massacre.
Rise of Napoleon and Creation of an Empire
November 9, 1799
Napoleon was a French general in the army. He rapidly rose up and seized political power in France. He was crowned emperor in 1804.