The unmistakable how much sapient voice of Don Juan S. Millán is heard on the telephone of a server, for his own privilege and for our readers. With Ambassador Enrique Hubbard Urrea at his side, the former governor illustrates: the municipality of Sinaloa that has produced the greatest number of ambassadors for Mexico is Rosario, the birthplace of the two mentioned characters.
Of course, we have in mind, in immediate memory, the figure of Master Hubbard (academic, writer, translator and retired member of the Foreign Service, with the rank of ambassador), who headed the diplomatic missions of our country in Belize (1996-2001 ) and in the Philippines (2001-2004).
But his name is preceded by that of Carlos I. González Magallón, who after completing his basic education in El Rosario emigrated to Mexico City to pursue university studies and, later, hold diplomatic positions in numerous countries since 1965, including that of ambassador, between 1996 and 1999, of the then Yugoslav Federal Republic (now Serbia), in the midst of the crisis derived from the Cold War and until its culmination. It even received the highest honors from Spain for having defended its interests as a nation, along with those of Mexico, in such a stormy era.
Previously, Don Francisco Apodaca y Osuna, also a Rosarense, was ambassador of Mexico in Nicaragua (1965-67), in Finland (1967-70), in Lebanon (1970-75) and, while he served in the latter position based in Beirut also extended it to the Arab Republic (1973-76) and Cyprus (1974). That’s how key his mission was for the Mexican foreign service in those difficult times.
But the history of the “stone-sucking” ambassadors (as the natives of Rosario call themselves, alluding to the mineral wealth of their municipality) begins in the first half of the 20th century, with an unjustly forgotten figure, despite the fact that he was a central factor. in the reconstruction of post-revolutionary Mexico, the same in the financial sphere as in the academic sphere and in the relationship of our country with the rest of the world. He was Mexico’s ambassador to the United States from 1945 to 1948, but before that, he carried out a task of the first order to cement the current national economic system. We recommend consulting on the internet the Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros y el Banco de México essay, written by Elena Soto Vargas in 2019 for the Institute of Historical Research of the UNAM.
Thus, there are four people from Rosario who have raised the name of Sinaloa in the Foreign Service.
From Mazatlán, three ambassadors have been appointed to date: Genaro Estrada Félix, in Spain (1932); Rodolfo González Guevara, also in Spain (1983-87), and Emilio Goicoechea Luna, in Canada (2007-2009).
Only one municipality in the north of Sinaloa, one in the center and the other in Évora, have each given an ambassador: Ahome, with Francisco Labastida in Portugal (1993); Culiacán, with Sergio Ley López in Indonesia (1997-2001) and in China (2001-2007); and Salvador Alvarado, with Heriberto Galindo in Cuba (2000-2001).
In addition to Mazatlán and Rosario, only one municipality in the north of Sinaloa and another in the center have each given an ambassador: Ahome, with Francisco Labastida Ochoa, in Portugal (1993), and Culiacán, with Sergio Ley López, in Indonesia ( 1997-2001) and in China (2001-2007).
The duel of illustrious Sinaloans in Mexican diplomacy is, then, between “chupapiedras” and “patasaladas”.
Until today the first ones have the win, but in a few months Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel will give the beautiful port a tie, once, after his current state management and after the ratification of his appointment by the Senate of the Republic, he becomes in the fourth Mazatlan that reaches an embassy, that of Spain; the second in importance for Mexico, after that of the United States, confirms an unquestionable source: that wise statesman and profound connoisseur of our political and social history who is Don Juan S. Millán.