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10 Facts About Bermuda in the 18th Century You Might Not Know
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10 Facts About Bermuda in the 18th Century You Might Not Know

Our seafaring past began proper in the 18th Century. Slavery was not yet abolished, and the island went through salt wars and battles with smallpox and yellow fever. During this time also, our capital was moved from St. Georges to Hamilton, where it remains today. 1. Bermuda established a rich history in boat-building, and we had a maritime economy. Our then-abundant cedars formed the base for around 400 fishing boats and over 70 oceangoing vessels, and although our output was…


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Can You Guess this Week’s “Who, Where & When?”

Do you remember our popular "Who, Where & When?" series in The Bermudian in which you guessed what a photograph depicted or who was in it or when it was taken? If so, we're pleased to tell you that we're…


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The History of the Portuguese in Bermuda

This article was taken from our archives. It originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.  In 1609, the same year the Sea Venture ran aground in Bermuda, a self-serving…


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The Missionary and the Easter Lilies

More than eighty years ago, a story first appeared in print about the origins of the famous Bermuda Easter lily. The tale, told to writer Louisa Smith by a member of the Outerbridge family, has all the hallmarks of a…


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The 411 on Shipwrecks: 12 Wrecks You Should Know

With more shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world, Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic. It’s no wonder why Bermuda was once known as the Devil’s Isle as the constellation of reefs that…

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A Forgotton Chapter: Blacks in the Building of Dockyard

The construction of the Dockyard generated the largest military defence utilisation of money, manpower and materials in nineteenth century Bermuda. With bases already established at Antiqua (1743) and Halifax (1749), the building of the Yard provided a critical third prong…