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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 also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.


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Military

Military branches
Bermuda Regiment (2009)

Military service age and obligation
18-30 years of age for voluntary or compulsory enlistment in the Bermuda Regiment; males must register at age 18; term of service is 38 months (2009)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 15,081 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 12,323
Females age 16-49 12,174 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 433
Female 410 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 170
0.11% of GDP (2005 est.)

Military - note
Defense is the responsibility of the UK


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  Bermuda [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory):


  GPS points from Bermuda [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory)

Ducking Stool Pembroke Parish

Burgess Point Saint George's Parish

Watch Hill Smith's Parish

Cox's Bay Devonshire Parish

One Rock Passage Warwick Parish

Mcgall's Hill Smith's Parish

Mangrove Lake Bermuda (general)

Fort Hamilton Pembroke Parish




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