261 of 376

United States

Aerial view of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland showing the entire tip of Locust Point. The fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy on 13-14 September 1814. The flying of the fort’s larger American garrison flag on the morning of the 14th following 25 hours of continuous bombardment signaled American victory and inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that was later set to music and became known as “The Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.