Spain and Portugal 200 BCE
Carthaginian and Roman armies have contested much of Spain.
What is happening in Spain and Portugal in 200BCE
Carthage conquered southern and eastern Spain just after 230 BCE, and it became a virtually private empire of the powerful Carthaginian Barcid family. During the 2nd Punic War this area was one of the main theatres of war, the scene of severe fighting between Roman and Carthaginian armies. After many set backs the Romans won this contest, and this area has therefore passed into the Roman sphere of influence. The first Italian colonies have been planted here.
The Iberians and Celts of the centre, north and west retain their independence, but their inter-tribal warfare will drag the reluctant Romans further and further into the peninsula.