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   Bermuda

Introduction:
Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism 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 developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. Although a referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995, the present government has reopened debate on the issue.


Official name: Bermuda
Capital: name: Hamilton
geographic coordinates: 32 17 N, 64 47 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November
Government type: parliamentary; self-governing territory
Population: 66,163 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: English (official), Portuguese
Official Currency: Bermudian Dollar (BMD)
Currency code: BMD
Area: total: 53.3 sq km
land: 53.3 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: subtropical; mild, humid; gales, strong winds common in winter


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Historical Highlights
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