group of islands in the W Atlantic, c. 584 mi (940 km) southeast of N.C.: a self-governing colony under British control since 1684: c. 21 sq mi (54 sq km); pop. 58,000; cap. Hamilton
Origin of Bermudaafter Juan de Bermúdez, Spanish explorer who discovered it (c. 1515)
A self-governing British colony comprising about 300 coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras. The first settlement was made in 1609 by British colonists shipwrecked on their way to Virginia. Tourism and international finance are crucial to its economy. Hamilton, on Bermuda Island, the largest in the archipelago, is the capital.
- Ber·mu′di·an, Ber·mu′dan
From the name of Juan de Bermudez, the Spanish explorer who discovered the islands in 1515.