BERMUDA (THE BERMUDAS OR SOMERS ISLANDS)

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Bermuda (The Bermudas or Somers Islands) is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres (640 mi) to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres (853 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton.

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Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish navigator Juan de Bermúdez who claimed to only find the island inhabited with 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 finance as its largest sector followed by tourism, and once claimed to be one of the world's highest GDP per capita back in 2005 yet these statistics are hard to verify as Bermuda is not a country and is classified as a territory of the U.K. It has a subtropical climate.