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Bermuda's Information

Flag of Bermuda
Land Area 54 km2
Total Area 54km2
Population 70,537 (#202)
Population Density 1,306.24/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (Parliament); Self-governing Overseas Territory Of The UK
GDP (PPP) $5.20 Billion
GDP Per Capita $85,700
Currency Dollar (BMD)
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1500's - 1600's

  • (1503) Spanish sea captain, Juan de Bermudez, discovered uninhabited islands
  • (1609) English ship, Sea Venture, commanded by Admiral Sir George Somers, set sail for Virginia, caught in storm, foundered on reefs of Bermuda, crew and passengers survived
  • (1610) Somers' crew built two new ships, left couple men in Bermuda to stake claim
  • (1612) Virginia Company sent 60 settlers to Bermuda; established St. George as capital; sold the island to Bermuda Company
  • (1616) Slaves brought to Bermuda
  • (1684) British Government took control from Bermuda Company; island became British Coloy
1700's - 1800's
  • (1775) American War of Independence took place; Continental Congress placed embargo on trade with Britian and colonies; Bermuda received offer of exemption based on gunpowder stored at St. George would be sent to America
  • (1813) Bermuda Post Office established
  • (1815) Capital moved to Hamilton from St. George
  • (1834) Slavery abolished
  • (1844) Cast iron lighthouse, Gibb's Hill, constructed
  • (1849) Great Drought hit Bermuda; Scottish Black Watch Regiment dug well on North Shore for drought relief; first Portuguese immigrants arrived
  • (1861) Bermudians made fortune ferrying supplies, munitions to Confederates during U.S. Civil War
  • (1871) Causeway between St. George's Island, Main Island completed
  • (1883) W.H.T. Joell elected first black Member of Parliament
  • (1930) Bermuda began promotion of summer tourist resort
  • (1931 - 1948) Bermuda Railway was in operation
  • (1938) Passenger air service between Bermuda and New York began
  • (1941) United States leased large part of island for 99 years; constructed military installations
  • (1944) Women's suffrage granted
  • (1946) One car per family allowed
  • (1957) British army withdrawn
  • (1959) Blacks boycotted movie theaters, forced owners to end segregation
  • (1963) First political party established
  • (1965) Bermuda Regiment formed
  • (1968) New constitution introduced, internal self-government established; first election under new constitution, United Bermuda Party won
  • (1971) Sir Edward Trenton Richards became first black Premier
  • (1973) Governor Richard Sharples, aides assassinated
  • (1977) Buck Burrows convicted and hung for murder of Sharples and aides, widespread riots occurred
  • (1981) Human Rights Act passed, prohibited racial discrimination
  • (1995) U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy closed bases; referendum for independence introduced, majority voted against
  • (1998) Progressive Labour Party (PLP) elected Jennifer Smith first PLP premier
  • (200o) UNESCO World Heritage added town of St. George to list
  • (2002) British Overseas Territories Act granted full British citizenship to Bermudians
  • (2003) Hurrican Fabian struck Bermuda, caused over $300 million in damages, four deaths
  • (2004) Anti-Terrorism Act passed, purpose was to stop terrorists from using offshore finance industry; formation of Bermuda Independence Commission announced
  • (2008) Britain announced review of finance industry in Bermuda, premier said it was "an insult to the territory".
  • (2009) Bermuda agreed to take four Chinese prisoners from U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay
  • (2010) Premier Brown stepped down, PLP elected Paula Cox as successor

Bermuda Trivia

Which Country Does Bermuda Belong To?

Bermuda is a group of islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and it is a territory of the British government. Known for being among the best tourist destinations, Bermuda has also been subjected to wild conspiracy theories, some attempting to explain why planes got lost in the Bermuda Triangle.

Which Country Does Bermuda Belong To?

What are the Seven Wonders of Bermuda?

The Seven Wonders of Bermuda are Horseshoe Bay Beach, Gibb's Hill Lighthouse, Fort Hamilton, Snorkeling, the Unfinished Cathedral, Cooper's Island and the Crystal Caves.

The Seven Wonders of Bermuda

What are the Endemic Species of Bermuda?

Some of the endemic species of Bermuda include the Bermuda skink, the Bermuda petrel, and the Bermuda buckeye.

Endemic Species of Bermuda

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