Causes of the French Revolution: The most important causes of the French Revolution were the nation's debt, the refusal of the nobility and the refusal to pay taxes, and high food costs. These factors destabilized society and increased the political influence of the common people.
Leader Maximilien de Robespierre, who had led the Reign of Terror, was executed in 1794, effectively ending the French Revolution. However following his death, France saw a return to the corruption that had helped lead to the revolution. The numbers of the dead were overwhelming. Historians estimate about twenty to forty thousand people were executed in the short nine months. The people the revolution was meant to put in power were now the ones being slaughtered. The economy, which was originally Frances key to prosperity, was being totally ruined. Agriculture was also not doing well due to war recruitment taking farmers away from their homes.
The French Revolution caused the US a great deal of trouble. First, it helped split the country between pro-British and pro-French factions. Second, it led to many problems in foreign policy. The French and British went to war, and the US was caught in between with both countries preying on US shipping to the other country. This eventually led to near-war with the French and finally to the War of 1812 with the British.