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1. Bermuda, settled in 1612, is the world’s oldest British colony.

2. Bermuda has the New World’s oldest environmental protection laws, dating to the 1600s.

3. Today’s typical Bermudan accent is traced to Elizabethan English. With its reference to “the still-vex’d Bermoothes, The Tempest by William Shakespeare is believed to be based on the founding of Bermuda and the plight of its first

4. With 7 golf courses, Bermuda is home to more fairway greens per square mile than anywhere in the world.

5. Bermuda does not allow chain stores or franchise restaurants on the island.

6. Legal tender is the Bermuda dollar, which trades equivalent to the US dollar.

7. Bermuda does indeed have pink sand, a combination of crushed coral, calcium carbonate and shells of tiny single-celled animals call Foraminifera.

8. Bermuda shorts were created by the British military at the beginning of the 20th century not in Bermuda but London. The breezy attire was to offer comfort to troops in tropical locations. Bermudian men embraced the military fashion and the name became associated with the island.

9. Bermuda has long been a hazard for ships due to its ring of reefs invisible to early explorers. Wreck diving is superb.

10. Tennis was introduced to America from Bermuda in 1874 via Mary Ewing Outerbridge, an American woman who purchased tennis equipment from British army officers in Bermuda. She set up the first U.S. tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket Club in New York.

11. Bermudian architecture is distinctive with its whitewashed stepped roofs, The design was adopted in order to channel rainwater into underground tanks, the main supply of fresh water on Bermuda.

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12. Bermuda's per-capita income is approximately 50% higher than that of the U.S., according to the Bermuda Government's Economic Statistics Division.  You won’t see poor areas as on most other islands.

13. Bermuda does not allow visitors to rent cars. It is the only island covered in this guide with such a restriction—which actually makes good sense. There is too much traffic congestion as it is!

14. The Bermuda Triangle is not recognized by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.
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