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Springfield: Quaint, Charming and Historically Significant

Famous for its distinctive arch leading to the buttery and to an inner courtyard around which the property is framed, Springfield on Somerset Road has to be one of the most photographed properties in the whole of Bermuda, let alone Sandys Parish. So it’s not surprising it has been featured several times in The Bermudian magazine over the last 80 years. In the December 1932 issue, Philip Knox, writing about early “colonial” architecture said that “there is in those high peaked butteries, broad chimneys and unpredictable roof lines s...

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5 Historical Facts About Bermuda You Never Knew

Bermuda has a rich history and while most of us are seasoned veterans in our own heritage, here are 5 historical facts about our island you probably don't already know.   Earthquake, 1701: The 1701 quake was strong enough to require t...

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The Biography of Charles Roach Ratteray

Charles Roach Ratteray won respect and renown, working as a west-end ship’s carpenter, boat builder and trader during the post-Emancipation era. He built skiffs and schooners, which he loaded up with onions and potatoes and sailed to the Cari...

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The Black Seafarer: Mariner, Merchant, Slave

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were tumultuous times, as European nations vied with each other to conquer the world. In the iconic 1592 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheerhaerts, she is standing atop a globe with her feet res...

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1940 – From the First Issue of The Bermudian

It was November 1940, and the Old Bermudian was coming home, having been away from his beloved Island for ten long years.   He had boarded one of the New York-Bermuda hundred passenger air yachts at ten o’clock in the morning, stopp...

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Bermuda’s Black History: The 19th and 20th Centuries

The emancipation of slavery lies at the heart of change in the 1800s. Abolition, however, was but a first step, and enormous social and economic challenges, including segregation, faced black Bermudians for years to come. Their response to the i...