57 Facts About Bermuda


Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Bermuda has a sub-tropical climate, with mild winters and warm summers.

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Bermuda is named after Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez, who discovered the archipelago in 1505.

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Bermuda is named after the Spanish sailor Juan de Bermudez, who discovered the islands in 1505, while sailing for Spain from a provisioning voyage to Hispaniola in the ship La Garca.

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Bermuda was discovered in the early 1500s by Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez.

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Bermuda had no indigenous population when it was discovered, nor during initial British settlement a century later.

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The Government of Bermuda eventually reached an agreement with the Parliament of England which retained the status quo in Bermuda.

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Bermuda provided other printing services and operated Bermuda's first local postal service.

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The Bermuda Gazette was sold by subscription and delivered to subscribers, with Stockdale's employee delivering mail for a fee.

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Bermuda settled in the US and later became a spy for Germany in both World Wars.

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At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Bermuda became the smallest overseas territory to earn a gold medal, as Flora Duffy won gold in the women's triathlon.

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Bermuda gives its name to the Bermuda Triangle, a region of sea in which, according to legend, a number of aircraft and boats have disappeared under unexplained or mysterious circumstances.

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Many of Bermuda's hotels are located along the south shore of the island.

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The Bermuda Pedestal is one of four topographic highs aligned roughly from North-East to South-West.

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Bermuda has two major aquifers, the Langton Aquifer located within the Southampton, Rocky Bay and Belmont Formations, and the Brighton Aquifer located within the Town Hill Formation.

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Bermuda has a tropical rainforest climate, bordering very closely on a humid subtropical climate (Koppen climate classification: Cfa).

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Bermuda is warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream, and low latitude.

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The most recent hurricanes to cause significant damage to Bermuda were category 2 Hurricane Gonzalo on 18 October 2014 and category 3 Hurricane Nicole on 14 October 2016, both of which struck the island directly.

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When discovered, Bermuda was uninhabited by humans and mostly dominated by forests of Bermuda cedar, with mangrove marshes along its shores.

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The subtropical climate of Bermuda allowed settlers to introduce many species of trees and plants to the island.

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Only indigenous mammals of Bermuda are five species of bat, all of which are found in the eastern United States: Lasionycteris noctivagans, Lasiurus borealis, Lasiurus cinereus, Lasiurus seminolus and Perimyotis subflavus.

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Bermuda has a diverse population including both those with relatively deep roots in Bermuda that extend back for centuries, and newer communities whose ancestry results from recent immigration, especially from Britain, North America, the West Indies, and the Portuguese Atlantic islands, although these groups are steadily merging.

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The East End of Bermuda, which became increasingly cut off from investment and development after the capital moved from St George's to Hamilton in 1815, has seen the least immigration over the twentieth century, with the least effect how English is spoken there, though the introduction of motor vehicles in 1948 has led to considerable spread of previously more isolated populations throughout Bermuda.

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Bermuda is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, and the Government of the United Kingdom is the sovereign government.

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Executive authority in Bermuda is vested in the British monarch and is exercised on his behalf by the governor of Bermuda.

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The Parliament of Bermuda is the fifth oldest legislature in the world, behind the Parliament of England, the Tynwald of the Isle of Man, the Althing of Iceland, and the Sejm of Poland.

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Constitution of Bermuda came into force in 1968 and has been amended several times since then.

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The United States maintains the largest diplomatic mission in Bermuda, comprising both the United States Consulate and the US Customs and Border Protection Services at the L F Wade International Airport.

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Bermuda'storically, English colonials shared the same citizenship as those born within that part of the sovereign territory of the Kingdom of England (including the Principality of Wales) that lay within the Island of Britain (although the Magna Carta had effectively created English citizenship, citizens were still termed 'subjects of the King of England' or 'English subjects'.

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Bermuda had been settled by the London Company (which had been in occupation of the archipelago since the 1609 wreck of the Sea Venture) in 1612, when it received its Third Royal Charter from King James I, amending the boundaries of the First Colony of Virginia far enough across the Atlantic to include Bermuda.

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Bermuda is not the only territory whose citizenship rights were laid down in a Royal Charter.

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Bermuda is divided into nine parishes and two incorporated municipalities.

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Bermuda has joined several other jurisdictions in efforts to protect the Sargasso Sea.

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In 2013 and 2017 Bermuda chaired the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association.

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Secret bilateral discussions that led to prisoner transfers between the US and the devolved Bermuda government sparked diplomatic ire from the United Kingdom, which was not consulted on the move despite Bermuda being a British territory.

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We've underlined to the Bermuda Government that they should have consulted with the United Kingdom as to whether this falls within their competence or is a security issue, for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility.

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Newfoundland attained Dominion status in 1907, leaving the nearest other territories to Bermuda that were still within the British Realm as the British colonies in the British West Indies.

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Once Roman Catholic worship was established, Bermuda formed part of the Archdiocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia until 1953, when it was separated to become the Apostolic Prefecture of Bermuda Islands.

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The congregation of the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bermuda had previously been part of the British Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada.

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Bermuda became an associate member of the Caribbean Community in July 2003, despite not being in the Caribbean region.

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Bermuda has minimal trade with the Caribbean region, and little in common with it economically, being roughly 1, 600 kilometres from the Caribbean Sea; it joined CARICOM primarily to strengthen cultural links with the region.

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Opinion polls conducted by two Bermudian newspapers, The Royal Gazette and The Bermuda Sun, showed that clear majorities of Bermudians were opposed to joining CARICOM.

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The Bermuda government maintained a local militia and fortified coastal artillery batteries manned by volunteer artillerymen.

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For many years, Bermuda's bases were used by US Air Force transport and refuelling aircraft and by US Navy aircraft patrolling the Atlantic for enemy submarines, first German and, later, Soviet.

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Early Easter Lily bulb exports to New York—then vital financially for Bermuda—became badly diseased from the late 19th century to the mid-1920s.

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Those internationally owned and operated businesses that are physically based in Bermuda are represented by the Association of Bermuda International Companies (ABIC).

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Bermuda Education Act 1996 requires that only three categories of schools can operate in the Bermuda Education system:.

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Higher education, the Bermuda College offers various associate degrees and other certificate programmes.

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Bermuda's membership enabled Bermudian students to enter the university at an agreed-upon subsidised rate by 2010.

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UWI agreed that its Open Campus would become open to Bermudian students in the future, with Bermuda becoming the 13th country to have access to the Open Campus.

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Bermuda's culture is a mixture of the various sources of its population: Native American, Spanish-Caribbean, English, Irish, and Scots cultures were evident in the 17th century, and became part of the dominant British culture.

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Bermuda began with pieces by American artists, such as Winslow Homer, Charles Demuth, and Georgia O'Keeffe, who had lived and worked on Bermuda.

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In 2006, the Bermuda Hogges were formed as the nation's first professional football team to raise the standard of play for the Bermuda national football team.

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The prestigious Newport–Bermuda Yacht Race is a more than 100-year-old tradition, with boats racing between Newport, Rhode Island, and Bermuda.

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At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Bermuda competed in sailing, athletics, swimming, diving, triathlon and equestrian events.

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Bermuda has had two Olympic medallists, Clarence Hill - who won a bronze medal in boxing - and Flora Duffy, who won a gold medal in triathlon.

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Bermuda competes in the biennial Island Games, which it hosted in 2013.

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