Bastille Day. It is also the National Day of France, very similar to the independence of the United States, because it is a holiday celebrating the beginning of a new form of government. In France, it used to be ruled by kings and queens. The Bastille is a prison in France that kings and queens often use to detain people who disagree with their decisions. For many people, it is a symbol of all the bad things done by the king and queen. So, on July 14, 1789, a large number of French citizens gathered and stormed the Bastille.
Just as the American people celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence as the beginning of the American Revolution, the French people also celebrated that the capture of the Bastille was the beginning of the French Revolution. Both revolutions brought about great changes. The king and queen no longer rule. The people are the masters of their own affairs and make their own decisions. The National Assembly recognizes and declares 17 rights of persons and citizens. King Louis XVI of France signed the document under duress, but never intended to support it. The French Revolution soon followed.
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