• John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Spaniards visited the islands in 1515, but, according to a 17th-century French cartographer, they were discovered in 1503 by Juan Bermudez, after whom they were named. No settlement was made, and they were uninhabited until a party of colonists under Sir George Somers was wrecked there in 1609. A company was formed for the ‘Plantation of the Somers’ Islands’, as they were called at first, and in 1684 the Crown took over the government.


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