Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, is a star-shaped fort best known for her role in the war of 1812, when he successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. It was during this bombardment of Fort Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the poem that would eventually be submitted to the melody of the song The Anacreontic to become the national anthem of the United States.
Designed by French architect Jean Foncine in 1798 and named after James McHenry, Scottish and Irish immigrants and the soldier-surgeon, who became Minister of War, President Washington, Fort McHenry was built after the independence of America was an important port for the defense of Baltimore against enemy attacks. It was put in Locust Point peninsula, entering the port opening in Baltimore, and was built in the shape of five pointed star surrounded by a dry moat – a deep wide trench. Would ditch refuge, which musketmen to defend the fortress from attack in March. If such an attack on the first line of defense, each of these points, or strong, strong, so that the armies must be caught in cross fire cannon and musket fire.
Fort McHenry, Baltimore GPS coordinates: 39° 15′ 47″ N, 76° 34′ 48″ W
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