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.


28 °C

Rain, light rain (0.32 mm last hour)

Wind3.6 m/s
Cloudiness40 %
Temperature (min/max)28/29 °C
Pressure1013 hpa
Humidity94 %
Last update: 27 Sep 2023 @ 06:38

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