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Bermuda

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)
More Information Bermuda

World War II

Soon after the onset of World War II, Winston Churchill offered Bermuda land to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as aid to Britain. Approximately 10% of the country was leased for 90 years to the U.S. During the War, the British Royal Navy used Bermuda as a center of Allied operations for patrolling the Atlantic and the USA built naval and military bases.

Racial Tensions

Racial tensions began to grown in the 1960's with the blacks protesting unfair treatment. In 1968, a race riot erupted in Hamilton due to only whites being given access to an overcrowded fair. In 1973, blacks assassinated Sir Richard Sharples, Bermuda's white governor, and two aides. Even today, racial segregation remains a source of tension.

Bermuda Today

Bermuda was granted internal self-government in 1977, with a Westminster-based parliamentary system and 40 elected members in the Assembly. Britain retained control of the defense and foreign policy.

The three main issues the government of Bermuda faces are the economy, which relies heavily on financial services and tourism, continued discussion of independence, and the retaining of British citizenship.

Bermuda Tourism

Visitors to Bermuda are always interested in the housing, which is comprised of cement block in order to preserve the native coral limestone. The architecture has been adapted to withstand the hurricanes and extreme winds Bermuda experiences.

Famed for Bermuda shorts, the original Bermuda onion, and of course the Bermuda Triangle, the island's tourism has grown significantly over the last 50 years.

Bermuda's pink sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, offshore reefs and the Royal Naval Dockyard are major attractions. Of note: it is not possible to rent a car on the island, so in addition to walking the pleasant streets, many travelers choose to rent a bicycle or scooter.

This page was last updated on July 12, 2016.

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

About the Author

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