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NASA Tracking: How Bermuda Helped Put A Man On The Moon

Though Cooper’s Island is now a reserve teeming with natural beauty, the environment it held in the 1960s was vastly different. Instead of the hum of insects and the chirrups of long tails, the secluded point on St. David’s buzzed with excitement at the prospect of visiting other planets and worlds. At this time, the stretch of beaches had functioning roads running through them, and the landscape was a U.S. military base, with Bermudian access restricted. A NASA global tracking station was permitted to be built within the base in 19...

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Searing Memories

In June 1730, Sally Bassett, an elderly Bermudian slave, was burned at the stake. She had been convicted of the capital crime of attempting to poison her granddaughter Beck’s owners, Thomas and Sarah Foster, as well as their slave Nancey, the ...

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The Wreck of the Sea Venture: The Untold Story

It is easy for Bermudians to assume the wreck of the ship Sea Venture is a stirring yarn that begins with a hurricane and ends with the captain of the ship, Sir George Somers, on his deathbed, asking that his heart be buried in the islands he ha...

Classic Crow's Nest

April-May 1930

At ten o’clock on Wednesday morning, April 2, the Stinson cabin monoplane, Pilot, powered by a 300-horse power Wright engine, swooped down and settled its pontoons in Hamilton Harbor – the first airplane to bridge the 666 miles of water betw...

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Bermuda in the Privateering Business

Relying on local shipbuilding expertise and the fastest ships, Bermuda’s privateers enjoyed lucrative success. The first couple of generations of settlers in Bermuda had to scramble to make their living. They grew tobacco, of course, and that...

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God’s Country

A glimpse into Somerset’s storied past with cannon shots and cricket, lawn tennis and literary meetings, skulduggery—and even murder There is a theory Somerset is named after Admiral Sir George Somers, who so appreciated this part of Berm...