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and is an independent city that is not part of any county.
The Battle of Baltimore against the British in 1814 inspired the composition of the USA's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the construction of the Battle Monument which became the city's official emblem.
A distinctive local culture started to take shape, and a unique skyline peppered with churches and monuments developed.
The three settlements, covering 60 acres, became a commercial hub and in 1768 became the county seat.
Baltimore played a key part in events leading to and including the American Revolution. moved the city to join the resistance to British taxes, and merchants signed agreements to not trade with Britain.
In the midst of the Long Depression which followed the Panic of 1873, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad company attempted to lower its workers' wages, leading to strikes and riots in the city and beyond.
The construction of the federally funded National Road (which later became part of U. Route 40) and the private Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B.
& O.) made Baltimore a major shipping and manufacturing center by linking the city with major markets in the Midwest.
Famous residents have included writers Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, and H. Mencken; jazz musician James "Eubie" Blake; singer Billie Holiday; actor and filmmaker John Waters; and baseball player Babe Ruth.
In the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner, which later became the American national anthem, in Baltimore.By 1820 its population had reached 60,000, and its economy had shifted from its base in tobacco plantations to sawmilling, shipbuilding, and textile production.These industries benefited from war but successfully shifted into infrastructure development during peacetime.and is home to some of the earliest National Register Historic Districts in the nation, including Fell's Point, Federal Hill, and Mount Vernon, which were added to the National Register between 1969–1971. The city has 66 National Register Historic Districts and 33 local historic districts. The Baltimore area had been inhabited by Native Americans since at least the 10th millennium BC, when Paleo-Indians first settled in the region.