The American Revolutionary War, 1775 – 1783
[WORK IN PROGRESS]
Louis XVI’s reign was not without some progress towards a more moral society with efforts applied to update food production and storage and innovations in public health; there were even schools founded to focus on the needs of the disabled. But the financial crisis was firmly centre of stage.
Worse, these straightened financial circumstances coincided with a poor agricultural period that included droughts, a disease among cattle and poor cereal harvests; as a result bread prices soared. In 1788 a heavy hailstorm damaged crops resulting in the worst harvest for forty years. The following winter proved to be a harsh one throughout Europe which interfered with any plans to import grain.
The general citizen often went hungry as a result, many subsisting on bread as their main diet, when the price for this started to rise, so did the unrest. These hungry people were still expected to meet the taxes of the Crown, plus feudal dues to their local seigneur and tythes to their local church.