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Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories.

Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center.

A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.

  • Horseshoe Bay Beach;
  • Hamilton;
  • Saint George's (includes Saint Peter's Church and Island Fortifications);
  • Bermuda Aquarium,
  • Museum and Zoo;
  • Royal Naval Dockyard;
  • National Museum of Bermuda;
  • Gibb's Hill Lighthouse
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC -4
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    54 Km2
  • Population
    72 337
  • Main Languages
    English, Portuguese
  • Currency
    Bermudian dollars (BMD)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 80300
  • Airports

    Subtropical; mild, humid; gales, strong winds common in winter

    African descent 52%, White 31%, mixed 9%, Asian 4%, other 4% (2010 est.)

    Bermudans tend to dress up when dining out.

    Bermuda fish chowder — fish stock, fish, vegetables, and bacon fat served with spices or black rum and sherry peppers

    Small, tourism- and construction-based, territorial-island economy; American import and tourist destination; known offshore banking hub; increasing inflation; major re-exportation and re-importation area

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