It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on 11 November 1493 but there was already an Arawak settlement there before he made the discovery. Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy, and soon became a bustling centre of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg's strategic importance in St. Maarten's history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem.

The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city. Philipsburg has a port that is home to many cruise liners, including the Carnival Valor.


31 °C

Clouds, broken clouds

Wind8.01 m/s
Cloudiness81 %
Temperature (min/max)31/31 °C
Pressure1015 hpa
Humidity80 %
Last update: 23 Jun 2024 @ 19:08

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