The American National Anthem is taken from a poem written by a man named Francis Scott Key who was taken prisoner by the British during the War of 1812. He was taken aboard a British ship and watched as the British Navy bombarded an American fort called Fort McHenry. The British bombed the fort with cannons and rockets all through the night, but in the morning our flag was still waving over the fort. Even though the British bombardment was very fierce, the flag still waved over the fort as a sign that the Americans were still going to fight (even though our soldiers were inferior to the British soldiers, for the most part). This event was so important to us as a country, that we still have the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry today. It is considered one of our national treasures.Originally Posted by America's National Anthem
This was so important because the War of 1812 showed the world that we were a power that was able to look after itself. We had won our independence only about 30 years before and many countries, including Great Britain, did not take us seriously. By fighting a war with Britain and not getting destroyed, we showed the world that we were capable of defending ourselves. We actually kind of lost most of the battles that we fought on land, but did very well on sea against the Royal Navy. Our greatest land victory came after the official peace was signed. Since messages traveled so slowly, no one knew about it until afterwards.
I hope I didn't bore you with my history lesson .