- Hamilton, Bermuda
official_name = Hamilton, Bermuda
imagesize = 300px
image_caption = Front street in Hamilton.
map_caption = Map showing location within Bermuda
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United Kingdom
subdivision_type1 = overseas territory
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1790
unit_pref = Imperial
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longd=-64.782 |longm= |longs= |longEW=
website = [http://www.cityhall.bm/index.asp The Corporation of Hamilton]
footnotes = Hamilton is the
capitalof Bermuda. Although there is a parish of the same name, the city of Hamilton is in the parish of Pembroke. The City is named after Sir Henry Hamilton, governorfrom 1778to 1794. The parish of Hamilton predates it.
In spite of being the administrative capital of Bermuda, Hamilton only has a permanent population of approximately 969, although some estimates have it as high as 1,500. Hamilton is the only incorporated city in Bermuda, but actually is smaller than the historic town of St. George's. A more representative measure of Bermuda population tends to be by parish.
The city is the registered headquarters of
Accenture(formerly Andersen Consulting) - the global management consulting, technology servicesand outsourcingcompany. It is also the headquarters of Bacardi, a major international spirits company. Tyco Internationalalso maintains nominal headquarters office there for tax purposes. Of the same reason Hamilton is well known to hold the headquarter of many international shipping companies, like DryShips Inc.and Frontline Ltd.among others.
Hamilton history began in
1790when the Bermuda Government set aside 145 acres (58.7 ha) for its future seat, and was officially incorporated in 1793by an Act of Parliament. The Colony's capital relocated to Hamilton from St. George's in 1815. The Town of Hamilton became a City with the erection of the Hamilton Cathedral (Church Of England) in 1897. A Catholic cathedral was later constructed. Today, the city overlooking Hamilton Harbour is primarily a business district, with few structures other than office buildings and shops. The city of Hamilton had a building limit of no buildings may obscure the Cathedral, but in recent months buildings have been planned and areas have started construction on buildings as high as 10 storeys in the city. The islands local newspaper The Royal Gazettereports "If you don't recognise the city, from 15 years ago, we don't blame you as it has changed so much". The Triminghams shops have now been removed after well over 50 years of service in Bermuda.
The city of Hamilton has many parks for its size. Probably the most notable park in the city is Victoria Park. This park occupies a whole block and was named after the former Queen Victoria. Other parks in the city are Par La Ville Park, Barr's Park, All Bouy's Point Park, and the hidden Cedar Park.
Hamilton is antipode to
Perth, Western Australia.
* [http://www.cityhall.bm/index.asp The Corporation of Hamilton] municipal government website
* [http://www.bermuda-island.net/INTRODUCTION/Geography/City_of_Hamilton.php City of Hamilton] Bermuda Island.net's detailed History
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