President Nixon’s Trip to the Azores

Portuguese state dinner in the Azores islands at Lajes at Palace

                                          An Excerpt from The New Yorker Magazine, January 1, 1972 P. 54

The article tells us about the recent meeting between President Nixon & President Pompidou of France on Terceira Island in the Azores. “The historic Azores Agreement was formulated here, in which for the first time in 37 yrs. The dollar was devalued in terms of gold. It has also made the new relationship of virtual economic equality of the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan. The agreement was completed after a series of meetings, which totaled 12 hrs, between the two leaders alone, which was unusual. It may be one of the tremendous international accords of the post-war era. “Nixon and French President in Lajes Terceira Island in the AzoresAt the time of the meeting, the US dollar had been pegged to gold at $35 an ounce. During these meetings over two days, the agreement was to devalue the dollar’s price raising the price of gold to $38 an ounce. The new monetary policy was then agreed upon by the world’s major economies at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C, following the meetings. President Nixon is quoted as saying that it represented “the greatest monetary agreement in the history of the world.”President Richard Nixon visited the Azores twice during his presidency, both staying on Terceira’s island. President Nixon was accompanied by his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and William J Connolly Jr. The men were seen touring the island during the day, however. Many social events prevented them from exploring many of the famous tourist spots on the island. The President of Portugal, Marcelo Caetano, held a black-tie dinner for the leaders at the Government Palace in the island; Angra does Heroismo. President Nixon is said to have loved the natural beauty of the island so much that he suggested returning for another summit in the future. This soon changed with the political turmoil that began to arise shortly after he visited the Azores regarding his involvement in the Watergate break-in and cover-up at the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington. This caused severe events for the President in which he decided to resign, and no further summits were planned to the Azores before his resignation.

Governor’s Palace in the Azores
December 13th, 1971
Dinner is Scheduled after the reception for 9:00 p.m.

Nixon and Kissinger in the Azores LajesSome American officials at the dinner party hosted by the Portuguese President were; President Richard Nixon, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Ambassador David Kennedy, Vice Secretary to the Treasury Paul Volcker, Secretary of State Rogers, Secretary of the Treasury John Connally. Much of the region’s local elite, military and political figures from the Azorean community were also in attendance at the black-tie dinner. The menu was regional cuisine and wines.

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