By Nicolas Nadolski, Nicholas Rado, Braden and Andrea.
Before the revolution, the french had pushed themselves into debt by participating in the seven years war and the American Revolution. Because only the third estate was being taxed, they were running out of money for food and shelter, which made them want to rebel. Napoleon reformed the French taxation system bringing to his imperial coffers almost $700 million. The sources for the money came from taxes on income and a series of levies on goods - such as wine, tobacco and salt. In 1800 he added to his overhaul of the financial system by creating the Bank of France.