Spain and Portugal 30 BCE

Roman armies have slowly conquered most of Spain.

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What is happening in Spain and Portugal in 30BCE

The Romans have gradually conquered most of present-day Spain and Portugal, in a process which saw significant Roman reverses (one entire army was forced to surrender to an Iberian tribe in 137 BCE), and in which the subjugation of the north-west is not yet fully complete.

Eastern and southern Iberia have been under Roman rule for the past two centuries, and are thoroughly integrated into the Roman world. The Iberian provinces were drawn into the Roman civil wars of the first century BC, at one stage being ruled as a virtually independent state by the rebel Roman general, Sertorius (82-72 BCE).

Under Julius Caesar and Augustus, thousands of Roman veterans have been settled in Spain. Roman merchants live in the numerous towns of the region, and the mineral wealth of Spain has brought prosperity to many, Italians and natives alike. Many close ties bind the elites of Spain to Italy, and leading members of the Spanish elite have become the first colonials to enter the Roman senate.

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