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History - HSTA 200 (The French Revolution): Find Articles

Storming of the Bastille

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Image Credit: "Prise de la Bastille" by Jean-Pierre Houël - Bibliothèque nationale de France. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

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  • Avoid common words: "a," "an," "the," "to," "of," etc.
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