Top Ten Sint Maarten Attractions

Top Ten Sint Maarten Attractions

  

       Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, while the northern half of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Its capital is Philipsburg. Before October 10, 2010, Sint Maarten was known as the Island Territory of Sint Maarten, and was one of five island territories (Eilandgebieden) that constituted the Netherlands Antilles.

  1. Philipsburg

    Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten, on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 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, ships like Celebrity Solstice, Crown Princess, Disney Magic and Oasis of the Seas.
    Links: Top Ten Cruises, Top Ten Cruiseliners, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipsburg,_Sint_Maarten,
  2. Links: Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Maarten,