Vive la France!
Today is the French National Day, also called Bastille Day.
On July 14, 1789 an angry crowd stormed the Bastille, a Parisian Fortress and Prison. This was a key event of the French revolution. To note, the Bastille was eventually demolished, and its stones reused for public projects.
This day is broadly celebrated throughout France with parades and the like. The largest is in Paris, of course, on the Champs-Elysees, which is believed to be the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. The two best parts, in my view, are the low flying jets and the march of the French Foreign Legion, who are made up foreigners — lost souls to criminals wanting to start over and eventually gain French citizenship.
Here is Homann’s map of France from 1753.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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