Piece of the Bastille, Paris, France, ca. 1380

The storming of the Bastille, a former royal garrison and prison in the city of Paris, on July 14, 1789, was a seminal event in the history of the French Republic and a revolutionary symbol that has been celebrated in Franco-American relations ever since. The demolition of the Bastille left a debris field that fed the market for Revolutionary relics in France, England, and the United States. The Marquis de Lafayette, for example, presented George Washington with a key to the Bastille that Washington proudly displayed in the center hall at Mount Vernon.
Gift of Mrs. Sarah Ella Cummings, 1924
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France: Île-de-France, Paris
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France: Île-de-France, Paris, Bastille
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 1/4 in x 3/8 in; .635 cm x .635 cm x .9525 cm
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Sarah Ella Cummings
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Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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