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After witnessing American troops hold down a British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key penned a poem entitled “Defence of Fort McHenry” – which, when sung to the tune of an old British drinking song, would eventually become America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Baltimore is now well-known as home to several historical sites connected to our national anthem, including the Fort McHenry National Monument, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, and the original draft of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Maryland Historical Society.

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