Compare And Contrast American Revolution And French Revolution

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After France’s defeat at the hands of Britain in 1776 England gained Frances empire in North America. In the beginning the British colonists of North America were very loyal to England, but during a 10 to 15 year period where colonists were under British rule they began to evolve differently socially then their British rulers. The American colonists soon became dissatisfied, and demanded independence from Britain. During America’s battle for it’s independence they gained help from King Louis XVI of France which as a result weakened the France’s military, and finances which brought about the French revolution and the downfall of King Louis XVI. Both these revolutions were a result of the people’s dissatisfaction with their government. Under…show more content…
This caused a large amount of problems in New York where most of the British reserve were stationed . Eventually the act expired but, additional quartering stimulations were put into the Intolerable Act# of 1774. This act was a combination of laws that had been passed by the British empire. As result of the “Boston Tea Party”# Britain closed the Boston harbor, and established a new administration in order to further control the colonists. Much like the American colonists the French felt as though their government was corrupt, and felt the need to revolt. During the 18th century due to the wars fought by King Louis XIV France became very financially unstable, and began to accumulate a large amount of debt. Much like the Britain during this time, but the only difference was that British rule taxed everyone. From “clergy, nobles, and regular citizens all paid taxes“#, but in France it was the…show more content…
The only people taxed were the regular citizens. Everyone else was exempt from taxes except for the regular citizens who were left with heavy taxes. The money taxed from the regular citizens wasn’t enough to fill the deficit. The people became upset especially the people who had just enough land to feed themselves which had the heaviest taxes placed upon them. The second problem which lead to the French Revolution was the scarcity of food. Unlike the American colonists the people of France faced multiple crop failures in the 1780’s#. Which then caused the food shortages, and lead to the rising of prices for items such as bread. Then French government then decided to tax the nobles. This idea was met with much hostility from Parliament which was at that time made up of nobility. After the failed attempted at taxing the nobles the king decided to reinstate the “Estates General”#. This was a committee divided into three estates the first was the clergy, the second was nobility, and the third the rest of French society. The king then stepped in, and gave the third estate even more numerical representation. Which angered French parliament so they then decided to invoke an old rule within the committee each estate would be given
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