Most of this stuff is simply what you pick up living here - if you're interested in how and why things are the way they are. But.. you piqued my curiosity and made me think if I'd have my name attached to some of this I should check it for accuracy.
Of the things that I wrote off the top of my head, only two can I not support. I couldn't find evidence of Scots as indentured, and I couldn't find evidence of Boers being pressed into forced labour. Apart from that, I think my comments are well supported by the record.
Anyway... if you have Bermuda questions I'm happy to do the research for you.. good fun, and I love to promote Bermuda. It's a magical little place.
You're doing quite an ambitious project! Good luck!
Not formal citations - but - I happened to have the internet, google, and a recent history of Bermuda kicking around the house -
1/ If you read the Wikipedia article on history of Bermuda (much more detail than I've seen elsewhere) you'll see my brief is supported there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda
2/ See http://www.goslingsrum.com/history.asp for the "black seal" pun. As for the popularity of the Dark and Stormy and Black and Coke, you'll have to try them for yourself to understand.
3/ From "Bermuda - Five Centuries", Rosemary Jones, Pg.45 - "The first record of slavery in Bermuda occurred under Danial Tucker's administration, when the governor sent a ship in 1616 to the West Indies to find "an Indian and a Negar" to dive for pearls in Bermuda - making the island the first English colony to import blacks". She goes on to say that during early years blacks worked as slaves, indentured servants or apprentices like many of the white English settlers, bound to a single master for a number of years. In an inset on Pg.47 Jones says - "American, Mexican and Carribean Indians were shipped to Bermuda and sold as slaves during the 17th Century. Public records indicate Indians from various tribes including Mohicans, Wamponogs, Marragansetts, Pequots, Caribes, Cherokees and Arawaks were brought to the island." She goes on to discussion of a revolt lead by black and Irish indentured servants. Pg.83 "Starting in 1823 English and Irish convicts were shipped across the atlantic for use as cheap workers for the British Government". I was unable to find reference to Scotts being indentured. I was also unable to find good evidence that Boer's here around 1900 were used as pressed labour.
4/ From "Bermuda - Five Centuries", Rosemary Jones, Pg.77 - "The night of August 14, 1775 was calm and stifling hot...". Follows a lengthly and detailed recount of several dozen men robbing 100 casks of gunpowder from the local magazine, sale to the Americans and the ensuing unsuccessful attempts by the British to prosecute the perpetrators. As for Sir John Swan using the paperwork to convince Bush senior of our long relatoinship, that is urban legend. Swan was phenomenally successful at promoting the insurance industry in the late '80s, so he must have had some convincing argument or leverage.
5/ Again from "Bermuda - Five Centuries" pg.233, the earliest record there of independence is the Pitt Commission of 1977, who recommended it as a way to ease social pressures on the island. She says that both parties have espoused independence over time and discusses the PLP boycott of the '95 referendum. Jones quotes Charles Gosling, president of the Chamber of Commerce, "Independence does not belong to any one political party. It belongs to the people of Bermuda. We have to ensure that this is not something that is going to be divisive and ultimately destroy the island." *followed I'm sure by a round of Black Seal for the bar... As for the current suppoort, those stats were recently published in the Royal Gazette and/or Bermuda Sun. I didn't have a chance to track them down this morning but I'm confident they're accurate. There's an online site that I think maybe be a little biased, but they do quote the same stats. See http://www.coha.org/2006/02/25/bermuda-independence-by-any-means-governance-as-an-obsession/
6/ See http://www.bermuda-insurance.org/x-prnews-article.aspx?ArticleID=200703231452PR_NEWS_USPR_____MXF004.xml - there is a lot of internet advocacy for the Bermuda insurance industry and discussion of Bermuda's economy on the net. I happen to think that it should be looked at as separate from the other international business. Probably there's a 40%, 20%, 30% split between Insurance, other international business and tourism.
As for the status of Exempt companies, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Bermuda - it's probably not definative, but again, there is lots of info on the web about the exempt company system.