Bermuda: History

  1. 1503

    Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez discovers the islands, although he makes no attempt to land.

  2. 1617

    Many slaves are brought to the islands, quickly outnumbering the white settlers.

  3. 1684

    Bermuda becomes a British crown colony.

  4. 1834

    Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire, including Bermuda.

  5. 1968

    A formal constitution is ratified that gives the islands more self-government. The British monarch remains head of state, represented by a governor who is only responsible for external affairs, defense, and internal security.

  6. 1995

    A referendum for independence from Britain is defeated.

  7. 2009

    Bermuda is placed on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmentā€™s (OECD) white list as a country that is complying with internationally agreed upon tax standards.

  8. 2013

    Bermuda is one of many countries that signs an agreement with Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to share tax information in an attempt to fight tax evasion.


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