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Bermuda’s Black History: The 17th and 18th Centuries

Arguably, Bermuda's darkest period spanned the 17th and 18th centuries. During the 1600s, a harsh autocratic company of shrewd investors in the tobacco trade ruled the island. Few of them ever saw the island and instead, they had tenant farmers prepare and plant their shares of land in quick precision. The first African slaves arrived to Bermuda during that same time period. The 18th century saw slaves permeate the island's culture. Penalties for slaves were harsh and swift for even minor offenses. The importation of slaves was banned in 1...

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Alma “Champ” Hunt: King Cricket

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the May 1976 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.  In 1933 the only way to get from Bermuda to Jamaica was by sea, so the young Bermudian whose 2...

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Vintage Visitors to Government House

Over the decades, many visitors have walked the lawns and sipped champagne at Bermuda's Government House, some have even planted Bermuda Cedar trees. Here is a brief selection of some of our favourite images of visiting royals and U.S. President...

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Dame Lois Browne-Evans

This article was taken from our archives. It originally appeared in the October 1980 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. Dame Lois Browne-Evans sits forward in her chair at her new Court Street law offices a...

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Shirley Temple’s Visit to Bermuda – August 1938

This article is taken from our archives. It originally appeared within the pages of the August 1938 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here as it did originally. Shirley Temple, idol of millions of movie fans, arrived in July to spend a holid...

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Stowaways: Dramatic Tales of Sneaking Off the Rock

As the advertising images on the Internet and in glossy magazines remind us, the contemporary image of Bermuda is of a beautiful semi-tropical paradise that one never wants to leave. Full disclosure: Back home, following my first visit to the Ro...