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Image description: Today in 1812, the War of 1812 began. The war eventually inspired Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.”This print from the Library of Congress shows American warships under the command of Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, firing on British warships during the Battle of Lake Erie.

Image description: Today in 1812, the War of 1812 began. The war eventually inspired Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.

This print from the Library of Congress shows American warships under the command of Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, firing on British warships during the Battle of Lake Erie.