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- The Salem Maritime National Historic Site was the first American National Historic Site to be designated by Congress.
- Salem was the center of Puritanism in America.
- Nicknamed "The Witch City", Salem is home to the Salem Witch Trials.
- American novelist and short story writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born in 1804 in the city of Salem.
- Salem is the birthplace of the National Guard.
- The game of Monopoly was first published in Salem by Parker Brothers.