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Fort McHenry

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• Francis Scott Key
Star-Spangled Banner
War of 1812
Battle of Baltimore


Definition: American fort built in Baltimore harbor in 1799. The British bombed the fort on September 13-14 (during the War of 1812). This bombardment (and the survival of the fort) inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner, America's national anthem.

Related Resources:
The War of 1812
Find out more about the second war between the United States and Great Britain.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Fort McHenry
Excellent site has lots to offer, including history and a virtual tour!

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
This official site gives you great pictures and a good overview of the fort and its history.

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