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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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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 211
1 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 1
2,438 to 3,047 m 1 (2012)

Roadways World Ranking: 196
Total 447 km
Paved 447 km
Note
Public roads - 225 km; private roads - 222 km (2007)

Merchant marine World Ranking: 41
Total 139
By type
Bulk carrier 22, chemical tanker 3, container 14, liquefied gas 43, passenger 27, passenger/cargo 2, petroleum tanker 19, refrigerated cargo 9
Foreign-owned
105 (France 1, Germany 14, Greece 8, Hong Kong 4, Ireland 1, Israel 3, Japan 2, Monaco 2, Nigeria 11, Norway 5, Sweden 14, UK 14, US 26)
Registered in other countries
241 (Bahamas 15, Cyprus 1, France 5, Greece 3, Hong Kong 20, Isle of Man 7, Liberia 4, Malta 15, Marshall Islands 35, Netherlands 1, Norway 24, Panama 27, Philippines 47, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1, Singapore 25, UK 6, US 5) (2010)

Ports and terminals
Hamilton, Ireland Island, Saint George


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Bermuda [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory):


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

Plaice's Point Sandys Parish

Epsilon Island Warwick Parish

North Channel Bermuda (general)

White Shoal Hamilton Parish

Long Bay Sandys Parish

Flatt's Inlet Smith's Parish

The Cove Saint George's Parish

Summers Islands Bermuda (general)




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