Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton. Bermuda was discovered and claimed for the Spanish Empire in 1505 by navigator Juan de Bermúdez, for whom the islands are named. Unoccupied - Bermúdez claimed to have left the island inhabited only by pigs - the islands were settled by Britain in 1609, making it the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory. Its first capital, St George's, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited British town in the Americas.
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