Bermuda's Past and Present

Stability has been the hallmark of Bermuda's history, culture, and economy

Past and Present

Bermuda has a unique location off the coast of the U.S. Instead of drawing visitors to the shores of the Caribbean, it draws them to an island which has had a stable history, great economic growth, and wonderful tropical weather.


The islands have been a station and hideout for many military crafts throughout their history, and their own internal pressures has furthered steps forward.  At about one-third the size of Washington D.C., Bermuda has a total area of 21 square miles, and is comprised of 138 coral islands and islets, though very few of them are actually inhabited.  Low hills separated by green depressions make up the terrain of the main island.  Throughout the years, Bermuda has existed and prospered without being fought over by the many other powers crossing the Atlantic.


Bermuda's culture is truly shaped by its stability. Staunchly British, the islands retain many aspects of British culture, from powdered wigs to cricket to language; inhabitants primarily speak English as their first language.  Bermuda is the oldest self-governing English territory, framing itself as a parliamentary representative democratic dependency.  To this day, the head monarch of England remains the head of state in Bermuda.  Still, many of its 64 thousand plus inhabitants are of African descent, and their cultural influence can be found in elements like food, music, and dance.


The economy has also been fairly stable, though it has been linked closely to the economies of both the U.S. and its motherland, the U.K. Though sugarcane was enough to hold the island for centuries, the 1900s brought along two revolutionary ideas. Both international business and tourism have been major moneymakers for these islands.  Tourism is especially important to the islands.  During the tourist season, nearly 300 thousand vacationers visit the island, bringing with them the ability to spend money on food, lodging, transportation, and souvenirs. 

Beautiful beaches aren't all Bermuda has to offer. Its peaceful past lends certain tranquility to the island that is hard to find elsewhere in the world, and has helped to catapult the country into the future.