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Posted by wmmbb in European Politics.

The invasion of Botany Bay by convicts among lesser other persons was in 1788, but in Paris the prisioners were released from the Bastille on this day in 1789 – 14 July.

I do not know much about this history. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was finally completed with the approval of the 14th Amendment in 1790. Still it was a possibility that parts of the antipodes might have experienced French governance had they not tarried in Tasmania, or for whatever reason. The treatment of Indigenous People might have presented a contrast.

Still the first celebration one year after the Bastille fell seems have been without the marching and solemnity of more recent anniversary memorials. Wikipedia notes:

The Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790 was a huge feast and official event to celebrate the uprising of the short-lived constitutional monarchy in France and what people considered the happy conclusion of the French Revolution. The event took place on the Champ de Mars, which was at the time far outside Paris. The place had been transformed on a voluntary basis by the population of Paris itself, in what was recalled as the Journée des brouettes (“Wheelbarrow Day”).
A mass was celebrated by Talleyrand, bishop of Autun. The popular General Lafayette, as captain of the National Guard of Paris and confidant of the king, took his oath to the constitution, followed by the King Louis XVI. After the end of the official celebration, the day ended in a huge four-day popular feast and people celebrated with fireworks, as well as fine wine and running naked through the streets in order to display their great freedom.

It seems the four day feast and running through the streets did not catch on.


The Huffington Post has photos of the 2011 parade. I imagine that wine drinking is not completely forgotten.



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