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CLOSEST FREEWAYS: I-95, I-70, I-695, I-895
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When John Smith first explored here in 1608, he was traveling on the land of the Susquehannock tribe. A few settlers followed his footsteps in 1661, but it wasn't until 1729 that the town was establish and named after the barons of Baltimore, who were the founders of the Maryland Colony.
Flourishing as a flour-milling and shipbuilding center, Baltimore played an important role in the founding of our country. It was home to the Continental Congress in 1777 and, watching the fierce battle at Fort McHenry, in 1814 caused Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner."
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