Happy Bastille Day! Thomas Jefferson, ambassador and future President, was in Paris during the French Revolution and provided a detailed account of the events through his letters to John Jay:
The deputies retired, the people rushed against the place, and almost in an instant were in possession of a fortification, defended by 100 men, of infinite strength, which in other times had stood several regular sieges and had never been taken.
Read Jefferson’s thoughts on this historic French event: http://go.usa.gov/fiY
(Image: Excerpt from letter written by Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, reporting on the events in Paris (French Revolution) 07/19/1789, National Archives.)