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BERMUDA One of the most isolated places in the world and yet one of the most popular as a tourist resort is the group of British islands known as Bermuda the Bermudas or Bermuda Islands On a map Bermuda looks somewhat like a fishhook with the curve at the southwest and the shaft extending northeast see West Indies There are some 200 islands in Bermuda but a total area of only about 21 square miles 54 square kilometers Great Bermuda called the Main Island is larger than all the rest combined The nearest land is Cape Hatteras NC about 570 miles 900 kilometers to the west The islands delightful climate and their beauty attract thousands of visitors each year Only about 20 of the islands are inhabited The population excluding tourists and British and American defense forces is about 59800 1991 estimate About 60 percent of the population is black There is also a large Portuguese population The official language is English but some Portuguese is also spoken Despite both a cost of living and a population density that are among the worlds highest Bermuda has almost no poverty or unemployment No income tax is levied nor does the government receive any foreign aid More than 95 percent of the population is literate and education is free and compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16 There is one college The capital and chief port is Hamilton on Great Bermuda Hamilton is one of the worlds smallest cities with an area of about 180 acres 70 hectares On St Georges Island at the east end of the group is the picturesque old port of St George Nearby is the United States naval air station The average temperature is about 70 F 21 C In winter it is seldom cooler than 55 F 13 C in summer rarely hotter than 87 F 31 C The heavy rainfall of nearly
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