Bermuda Introduction - 2002
SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
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. A referendum on independence was soundly defeated in 1995.
NOTE: The information regarding Bermuda on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bermuda Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bermuda Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.