Venezuela effectively achieved its independence from Spain by 1819 as part of the Republic of Colombia, and the United States recognized the Colombian federation in 1822. After Venezuela separated from Colombia in 1830, the United States recognized and established diplomatic relations with Venezuela in 1835.
Modern Flag of Venezuela
The United States recognized Venezuela on February 28, 1835 by issuing an exequatur to Nicholas D.C. Moller as the Venezuelan Consul in New York. Venezuala had become independence from the Colombian federation in 1830.
Diplomatic relations were established on June 30, 1835, when U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John G.A. Williamson presented his credentials to the Venezuelan Government.
The U.S. Legation in Venezuela was raised to the rank of Embassy in 1939. Frank P. Corrigan became the first U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela.
The first commercial treaty between the United States and the Republic of Venezuela was signed on January 20, 1836. Ratifications were exchanged on May 31, 1836, and it became effective on June 20 of that year.