Bermuda is named after Juan de Bermudez, the Spaniard that discovered the island in 1503. Early in its history, Bermuda was known as Somers Island. Admiral Sir George Somers, captain of the Sea Venture, was on a voyage bound for Jamestown, Virginia. The ship wrecked off the coast of Bermuda, and the would-be colonists were stranded. Eventually they found their way to the Jamestown settlement, but for many years the island bore the name of that courageous sea captain.
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