Top Ten Bermudan Attractions

Top Ten Bermudan Attractions

       Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the US, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 km (640 mi) to the west-northwest. Its capital city is Hamilton. Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish navigator Juan de Bermúdez (who claimed to find the island inhabited only by pigs) after whom the islands are named, who claimed it for the Spanish Empire. Unoccupied, the island was settled by England in 1609, making it the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory. Its first capital, St. George’s, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas. Bermuda has an affluent economy, with off-shore finance as its largest sector followed by tourism. In 2005, Bermuda was once even claimed to have the world’s highest GDP per capita, yet these statistics are hard to verify as Bermuda is not classified as a country but rather as a territory of the UK. Bermuda makes up the easternmost point of the so-called “Bermuda Triangle,” a region of sea in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels have allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

  1. Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications

    St. George’s is located on the island and within the parish of the same names, was the first permanent settlement on the islands of Bermuda, and is often described as the 3rd successful English settlement in the Americas, after St. John’s, Newfoundland and Jamestown, Virginia. However, St. George’s is claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World. Although Jamestown is normally described as having been founded in 1607, this was actually James Fort, which was not converted to Jamestown until 1619, seven years after the founding of St. George’s. After the capital of Virginia was transferred from Jamestown to Williamsburg in 1699, Jamestown fell into disuse. Only below-ground archaeological remains of the town exist today. As the claim of St. John’s to official establishment in the 16th Century, and to permanent settlement since that date are difficult to verify, St. George’s is not simply the oldest successful English settlement in the New World, but was also the first such town established. The town is the largest settlement in Bermuda, with a population of 1,802 people.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George%27s,_Bermuda,
  2. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islandshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda,

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