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The poem, originally called "The Defense of Fort McHenry", was inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Chesapeake Bay by the British navy during the War of 1812. The American author, Francis Scott Key, was forced to stay with the British during the bombardment and thus witnessed it from across the bay. On the morning after the bombardment, he saw an American flag still flying over the fort and was moved to write the poem.

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