Bermuda was first sited
in 1503 by the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermuda who christened
it "Las Bermudas", but because of the island's
dangerous uncharted coral reefs and sudden storms it was
never successfully settled until the British admiral Sir
George Somers landed there in 1609 and established a colony.
Its government is a parliamentary democracy with the basis
of the law being English common law supplemented with Bermudian
legislation. Its parliament is the oldest in the British
Commonwealth, having first met in 1620. The island is known
for its reliable and sophisticated infrastructure and stable
The capital is Hamilton,
where the EXPORT ASSIST office is located. The Bermuda dollar
is fixed at par with the U.S. dollar and the local language
is English. Bermuda is less than two hours by plane from New
York City and there are daily flights from a number of other
U.S. cities. It has excellent telephone, fax, and courier services.
Its time zone is a convenient one hour ahead of New York and
four hours behind London. Bermuda is ideally situated to service
clients in Europe and in North America.
The island is a popular tourist destination with excellent hotels, restaurants, and
shops, pristine sandy beaches, a deep harbor in Hamilton for
cruise ships, and beautiful coral reefs for scuba diving.
Bermuda is situated 700
miles southeast of New York City in the North Atlantic Ocean.
It has an area of approximately
20 square miles, and a population of approximately
60,000 persons. Bermuda’s climate is moderate, with summer temperatures
at 85F degrees and winter temperatures at 70F degrees.