By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 12, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with we visit the history of a series of islands.

Part of Virginia

This series of islands had no indigenous people when the first Europeans landed here in 1505, led by the Spanish Juan de Bermudez. 

Then the British came and colonized Bermuda as of March 12, 1609.  Originally it was part of the Colony of Virginia.  Now it is one of the British Overseas Territories.

Interestingly, the independence referendum was soundly defeated in 1995.  They just want to be part of Britain. 

As there are no rivers or lakes in Bermuda, rainwater is the main source of fresh water. By law each building has to collect and store rainwater landing on the roofs. 

Hondius created this map of Bermuda soon after British colonization in 1633.

Map of Bermuda – 1633 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.