The predominance of stone as a building material came about early in Bermuda's history. The first settlers built using the native and abundant Bermuda cedar, but such structures were rarely able to withstand either the normal winds or the occasional hurricane. Further, the Somers Isles Company intended to exploit the value of cedar wood, particularly for shipbuilding, and soon passed laws that forbade the felling and use of that wood without express permission. Settlers turned the limestone foundation with the stone being cut into square bricks – typically about 2 feet (610 mm) by 10 inches (250 mm).
Picture: Bermuda: Souvenir guide and business directory... J.W. Dalton [Boston, The International Pub. Co., 1901., p 21.]