Ángel Calderón de la Barca y Belgrano

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Ángel Calderón de la Barca y Belgrano (2 October 1790 in Buenos Aires, Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata – 1861) was a Spanish nobleman and politician who served as Minister of State between 1853 and 1854. He was a correspondent of William H. Prescott, the eminent American historian. In 1843, Calderón de la Barca was elected an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1] He was married firstly to Isabel Ana de Vera y Sotosánchez and later to Frances Inglis, who wrote a successful book concerning their life in Mexico when de la Barca was stationed there as an envoy. His second wife was granted the Marquisate of Calderón de la Barca in 1876.

Orestes Brownson recounted the following:

"Senor Calderon de la Barca, the Spanish minister for several years to our government at Washington, told me in April, 1852, that when he was first sent by his government to ours at Washington, in 1822, he was charmed with every thing he saw or heard. 'The government struck me,' he said, 'as strictly honest, and your statesmen as remarkable for their public spirit, integrity, and incorruptibility. I was subsequently sent to Mexico; and when, recalled from that mission, I was offered my choice between Rome and Washington, such was my high opinion of the American republic, and the honesty and integrity of its government, that I chose Washington in preference to Rome, though the latter was more generally coveted. I have been here now for several years a close observer, and I have seen every thing change under my eyes. All my admiration for the republic and for republican government has vanished. I cannot conceive a government more corrupt than this government of yours. I see men come here worth only their salary as members of Congress, and in two or four years return home worth from a hundred thousand to two hundred thousand dollars.' — This was said in 1852, when corruption was very little in comparison with what it has become."[2]

In Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Calderón de la Barca is played by Tomás Milián.


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter C" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ Brownson's Quarterly Review (Last Series, Vol. 1, 1873, "The Democratic Principle", p. 252-253) [1]

Political offices
Preceded by
Luis López de la Torre Ayllón
Minister of State
21 June 1853 – 17 July 1854
Succeeded by
Luis Mayans