Bermuda: History

  1. 1503

    Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez discovers the islands.

  2. Early 1600s

    African and American Indian slaves are brought to the islands and soon outnumber the European settlers.

  3. 1684

    Bermuda becomes a British crown colony.

  4. 1834

    Slave labor is abolished in Bermuda and the rest of the British empire. 

  5. 1968

    Internal self government is granted to Bermuda.

  6. 1995

    A referendum for independence from Britain is defeated.

  7. 2002

    Citizens of Bermuda are granted full British citizenship under the British Overseas Territories Act.

  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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