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Philipsburg is the Capital of Dutch St Maarten, is just a few blocks wide but packed with interesting sights and shops, from jewelry stores and casinos to the historic Courthouse on the Cyrus Wathey Square. Built in 1793 as the home of Commander John Philips, the town’s founder, the building has served as a fire station, jail and post office over its long history and is one of island’s most prominent landmarks. It’s hard to get lost in Philipsburg as there are only two main downtown streets between Great Bay and the the Salt Pond and the Philipsburg Courthouse is a good place to start a walking tour of the area.