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Embassy: Functions and History

​About Us

The Embassy of Spain is located in Washington, DC and our Consulates throughout the United States are in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as a Consular Section within the Embassy.

The Embassy

The Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC represents the Spanish Government and fosters the close relations between the two countries, promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between our two countries.

The Ambassador

The Ambassador of Spain in the United States represents the Spanish government and its institutions in the U.S. He follows closely the events and opinion in the U.S. and assures the protection of Spanish interests. Mr. Santiago Cabanas is the Spanish Ambassador to the United States.

Our Consulates

The Spanish government has Consulates General across the United States. They provide a number of legal and administrative services with effect in Spain. Our Consulates General are located in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco, Washington D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

History and Location

Spain and the United States established diplomatic relations in 1785, two years after the U.S. gained independence. The two countries signed their first treaty, the Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation, in 1795. The first Ambassador of Spain to the United States was Diego María de Gardoqui y Arriquibar.

The Embassy of Spain is located at 2375 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, next to Washington Circle. In 2004, a new Residence of the Ambassador was opened on Foxhall Road, NW. The Residence was built by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient. The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, on the corner of 16th Street and Fuller Street, NW, is home to the Embassy's Cultural Office, SPAIN arts & culture.