Spain and the United States

The United States of America is a friendly State, an ally and a key partner for Spain. We are linked by excellent and historic bilateral relations, with signs of a great future in the 21st Century. The position of the United States as one of the main actors in the international arena makes the country an ally and key partner for Spain in foreign policy, defence, security and economic and technological development. It is an ally with which few countries in the world have such strong historical, cultural and linguistic ties, and with which we share democratic values and geostrategic interests.

​The links between Spain and the United States have profound historical and cultural roots, which go back to the journeys made by Spanish explorers to the American territories in the 16th Century. Among these major milestones are the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de León in 1513; the establishment of the Pensacola settlement in 1559 by Tristán de Luna y Arellano; the foundation of San Agustín, the first city created by Europeans on the continental United States, in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés; the establishment of the network of Franciscan missions in California by Fray Junípero Serra, the first Hispanic saint in the U.S., these missions being the origins of the major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego; and the contribution of Bernardo de Gálvez to the independence of the United States: his portrait has now returned to the US Capitol, and he has been named citizen of honour in 2015. All these recall the important presence of Spain on US territory.
 
This important legacy is not simply a memory, as today Hispanic and Spanish contributions are firmly present in US society. The Hispanic community in the U.S. accounts for 17.4% of the population, with over 55 million Spanish speakers. Our language is the most studied in the U.S., and by 2050 the U.S. will be the country with the most Spanish speakers in the world. The Spanish community living in the country is also growing, and now numbers around 100,000. They occupy leading positions in the business, scientific, technological, educational, cultural and sporting communities in US society. Spanish residents or visitors to the United States have the support of nine Spanish Consulates General in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Juan de Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

  • Politics and Diplomacy

    Once the United States won its independence, for which the exploits of Bernardo de Gálvez and the support of the Spanish Crown were key, Spain and the United States initiated diplomatic relations in 1785.

  • Economy and Culture

    Economic relations between Spain and the United States continue to grow substantially, boosted by the increasing Spanish business presence in the U.S. and greater US investment in Spain. At the same time, cultural links derived from our rich common heritage are enhanced by the growing importance of the Spanish language in US culture.

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