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This is a list of diplomatic missions of the United States. Benjamin Franklin established the first overseas mission of the United States in Paris in 1779. On April 19, 1782, John Adams was received by the States-General, and the Dutch Republic became the third country, after Morocco and France, to recognize the United States as an independent government. Adams then became the first U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and the house that he had purchased at Fluwelen Burgwal 18 in The Haguemarker, became the first American embassy anywhere in the world.

In the period following the American Revolution, George Washington sent a number of close advisers to the courts of European potentates in order to garner recognition of American independence with mixed results, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Francis Dana and John Jay. Much of the first fifty years of the Department of Statemarker concerned negotiating with imperial European powers over the territorial integrity of the borders of the United States as known today.

The first overseas consulate of the fledgling United States was founded in 1790 at Liverpoolmarker, England, by James Maury Jr, who was appointed by Washington. Maury held the post from 1790 to 1829. Liverpool was at the time England's leading port for transatlantic commerce and therefore of great economic importance to the former Thirteen Colonies.

The first overseas property owned, and the longest continuously owned, by the United States is the American Legation in Tangiermarker, which was a gift of the Sultan of Morocco in 1821. In general during the nineteenth century, the United States' diplomatic activities were done on a minimal budget. The US owned no property abroad and provided no official residences for its foreign envoys, paid them a minimal salary and gave them the rank of ministers rather than ambassadors.

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the State Department was concerned with expanding commercial ties in Asia, establishing Liberiamarker, foiling diplomatic recognition of the Confederacy and securing its presence in North America. The Confederacy had diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Papal Statesmarker, Russia, Mexico and Spain, and consular missions in Ireland, Canada, Cuba, Italy, Bermuda, Nassau and New Providencemarker and Texas.

America's global preeminence became evident in the twentieth century, and the State Department was required to invest in a large network of diplomatic missions to manage its bilateral and multilateral relations. The wave of oveseas construction began with the creation of the State Department’s Foreign Service Buildings Commission in 1926.

Listed below are American embassies and other diplomatic missions around the world. The U.S. has dubbed some of its consulates as "American Presence Posts", to provide chiefly consular services.


North America

South America

Middle East




International organizations

See also


  1. Speeches and editorials 2007 - U.S. Embassy The Hague, Netherlands
  2. Memory of the Netherlands - Background - The involvement of the Dutch in the American War of Independence
  3. The Massachusetts Historical Society | The Adams Family Papers
  4. The John Adams Institute, American culture and literature, Lectures
  5. US embassy report on Dutch-American Friendship Day.
  6. United States Department of State, Timeline of U.S. Diplomatic History, 1775-1783 Diplomacy and the American Revolution. Accessed 29 August 2008.
  7. Loeffler, Jane C. Architecture of Diplomacy : Building America. New York, NY, USA: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. p 13.
  8. Confederate States of America
  9. United States Department of State, Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions. Accessed 29 August 2008.
  10. Loeffler, Jane C. Architecture of Diplomacy : Building America. New York, NY, USA: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. p 13.

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