This Act makes provision for the public survey of land in Bermuda. It shall be lawful for the Minister, in collaboration with the Directorate of Overseas Survey of the United Kingdom or otherwise, to make a survey of Bermuda. For this purpose, any officer of the Department of Works and Engineering or any other person duly authorized by the Minister may enter upon land, carry out survey works on that land and clear any brush, scrub or trees on any land. The Act prohibits the removal of survey marks.
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Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories. Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.