In 1814, Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor after a British naval bombardment during the war of 1812. Inspired by that sight, he wrote a poem the Defence of Fort M'Henry.
The words to that poem were set to music and the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the U.S.A. was created.
The first verse of the Star-Spangled Banner
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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