Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles

Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles

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(the Dutch half)
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established_date = 11 November 1493
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established_date1 = 1763 by John Philips
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Philipsburg is the main town on the Dutch side of the Netherlands Antilles island of Sint Maarten, on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It is also the capital of all of Sint Maarten. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants.

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 center of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg's strategic importance in St. Maarten's history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem. [ [http://www.geographia.com/st-maarten Accenting St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean ] ]

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.

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External links

* [http://www.stmaartenlibrary.org/ Philipsburg Jubilee Library, Public Library of St. Maarten]


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