Bermuda (officially, the Bermudas or Somers Isles) is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres (640 mi) to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres (853 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton.
Bermuda was discovered and claimed for the Spanish Empire in 1505 by navigator Juan de Bermúdez, for whom the islands are named. Unoccupied - Bermúdez claimed to have left the island inhabited only by pigs - the islands were settled by Britain in 1609, making it the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory. Its first capital, St George's, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited British town in the Americas.
Bermuda has an affluent economy, with off-shore finance as its largest sector, followed by tourism. In 2005 Bermuda claimed to have the world's highest GDP per capita, but these statistics are difficult to verify as Bermuda is classified as a territory of the U.K. rather than an independent country. It has a subtropical climate. Bermuda makes up the easternmost point of the so-called "Bermuda Triangle," a region of sea in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels have allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The island is prone to severe weather and powerful hurricanes, with widespread power outages. For more information visit Wikipedia.