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Hamilton, Bermuda
Front street in Hamilton.
Map showing location within Bermuda
Coordinates: 32°17′35″N 64°46′55″W / 32.293°N 64.782°W / 32.293; -64.782Coordinates: 32°17′35″N 64°46′55″W / 32.293°N 64.782°W / 32.293; -64.782
Country United Kingdom
overseas territory Bermuda
Founded 1790
Population
 - Total 969
Website The Corporation of Hamilton
The cathedral in Hamilton.

Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda.

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Geography

Hamilton is located on the north side of Hamilton Harbour, and is Bermuda's main port. 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, governor from 1778 to 1794. The parish of Hamilton pre-dates it.

City Hall in Hamilton

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.

As the offshore domicile of many foreign companies, Bermuda has a highly-developed international business economy; it is a financial exporter of financial services, primarily insurance, reinsurance, investment funds and special purpose vehicles (SPV). Finance and international business now constitute the largest sector of Bermuda's economy, and virtually all of this business takes place within the borders of Hamilton.

Large numbers of leading international insurance companies are based in Hamilton, making it a global reinsurance centres. Those internationally owned and operated businesses that are physically based in Bermuda - of which there are around four hundred - are represented by the Association of Bermuda International Companies (ABIC). In total, over 1,500 exempted or international companies are currently registered with the Registrar of Companies in Bermuda.

The city is the registered headquarters of Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) - the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company; and the spirits manufacturer Bacardi. Of the same reason Hamilton is well known to hold the headquarter of many international shipping companies, like DryShips Inc., Frontline Ltd. and Dockwise among others.

Hamilton's antipode is located 45 kilometres west of Point Peron near Rockingham, Western Australia, an outer suburb of Perth.

History

The history of Hamilton began in 1790 when the Bermuda Government set aside 145 acres (58.7 ha) for its future seat, and was officially incorporated in 1793 by an Act of Parliament. The Colony's capital relocated to Hamilton from St. George's in 1815. The City lay at the political and military heart of Bermuda over the last two centuries. In addition to the parliament within it, Government House sits to its north, the former Admiralty House of the Royal Navy to its west (both in Pembroke, and the British Army garrison headquarters at Prospect Camp to its East.

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 has long maintained a building limit, which states that 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. Bermuda's local newspaper The Royal Gazette reports "If you don't recognise the city, from 15 years ago, we don't blame you as it has changed so much". The Trimingham's shops have now been removed after well over 50 years of service in Bermuda.

Parks

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.

Panorama of Hamilton, 1911. View from Fort Hamilton.
Panorama of Hamilton, 2007. Same vantage.
Weather data for Hamilton, Bermuda
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77.7
(25)
79
(26)
79
(26)
81
(27)
86
(30)
90
(32)
91.6
(33)
93
(34)
91.8
(33)
89
(32)
84
(29)
80
(27)
93
(34)
Average high °F (°C) 68.7
(20)
67.8
(20)
68.6
(20)
70.8
(22)
75.4
(24)
80.6
(27)
84.6
(29)
85.7
(30)
83.8
(29)
79.4
(26)
74.5
(24)
70.6
(21)
75.9
(24)
Average low °F (°C) 60.9
(16)
59.9
(15)
60.2
(16)
62.5
(17)
67.8
(20)
73.0
(23)
75.3
(24)
76.1
(24)
74.3
(23)
70.6
(21)
65.7
(19)
61.7
(17)
67.3
(20)
Record low °F (°C) 46
(8)
44
(7)
45
(7)
48
(9)
55
(13)
64
(18)
68
(20)
68
(20)
66
(19)
58
(14)
54.3
(12)
50
(10)
44
(7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.06
(128.5)
4.54
(115.3)
4.33
(110)
3.46
(87.9)
3.26
(82.8)
5.13
(130.3)
4.51
(114.6)
5.15
(130.8)
5.09
(129.3)
6.35
(161.3)
4.12
(104.6)
4.50
(114.3)
55.50
(1,409.7)
Source: Bermuda Weather Service[1] 5 April 2009

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Simple English

File:City Hall in Hamilton,
The city hall in Hamilton

Hamilton is the capital city of Bermuda. The population of Kingstown as of 2006 is 902[1].

The city is named after Sir Henry Hamilton who was the governor of Hamilton from 1778 to 1794.

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