7 things you didn’t know about Bermuda

How much do you know about Bermuda? Often the first thing that people think of when you say the word Bermuda is “the triangle”. But would you be surprised to hear that the triangle is nothing short of a conspiracy? Before I moved the island I couldn’t even point it out on the map. So learning about my new home had been eye-opening to say the least. Bermuda is a fascinating place unique to any other country you’ve been to. So here are a few fun facts about the island.

It’s the Shipwreck Capital of the World

With over 300 confirmed shipwrecks it is not hard to see why the mysterious waters have filled so many conspiracies. However, rather than supernatural forces at work, Bermuda reefs and the gulf make its waters quite difficult to navigate. It’s easy to see why with our current navigation system and technology why so many sailors would have lost their way.

Shipwreck HMS Vixen

You’re Only Ever a Mile Away From the Ocean

I can’t stress how tiny the island is. Bermuda is actually an archipelago of the islands connected through Bridges and causeways. The island itself is only 21 miles long and around less than 1 mile wide. This makes it the ultimate spot for any water babies.

Views along the Northshore of the island

All the water is collected from rain.

One of the most impressive things about the island is the system they developed for collecting water. With no natural springs or wells on the island, Bermuda relies on rainwater for its water source. Therefore every house and building collects its water source through rainwater collected from its white roof that deposits into underground water tanks. Water conservation has thus become an important issue for Bermuda as running out of water will require a pricey call to be water tank companies – who use desalination to provide water to those without.

View from the Hamilton harbour

Only one fast chain

If you are a fast-food junkie Bermuda is not the place for you. Bermuda only had one fast-food chain company on the island KFC. Due to franchising laws of the 80s Bermuda had tight restrictions on international companies building on the island. The KFC was able to build before these laws came in and this is the only fast-food franchise on the island. Although takeaway eats are easy to find from local Bermudian restaurants.

Bermuda is a volcano

It might surprise you to find out that Bermuda was formed as a result of a volcano. The widely accepted scientific theory is that the archipelago is what is left of a volcano that formed between 45 and 35 million years ago. And has since made itself extinct after its first eruption.

Spital pond nature reserve

After English, the second most spoken language is Portuguese

One of the first settlers in Bermuda were the Portuguese, their immigrant population continued to grow as they settled and continued to help build the island. Portuguese descendants makes up about 9% of the population of the island making it the second most spoken language of the island. You will also find many Portuguese restaurants, cafes and bakeries on the island.

Onions once we’re the country’s biggest export

In the 17th century, onions were introduced to the island. Due to Bermuda’s, subtropical climate farmers became to discover that the crop very well on the island. This helped the island establish its trade with the United States shipping thousand of boxes of onions every week. Beemudian onions have since been a staple crop of the island and alough the trading of crop is not nearly where it once was. Bermudians are still very proud of the onions and even still call them self’s the onions the nicknames they were given by the US.

Image from a newspaper about Bermudian onions

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