French Revolution: Storming of Bastille

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As the French Revolution began in the summer of 1789, revolution-minded crowds sought weapons to arm themselves against military retaliation. The Bastille, a fortress and prison in Paris, represented royal authority and also housed ammunition and gunpowder invaluable to the revolutionaries. On July 14, a mob of nearly 1,000 people stormed the Bastille and seized it.

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