Timeline of Hispania

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This section of the timeline of Hispania concerns Spanish and Portuguese history events from the Carthaginian conquests (236 BC) to before the barbarian invasions (408 AD).


3rd century BC

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Carthaginian conquests in Iberia

2nd century BC

1st century BC

Administrative organization of emperor Augustus in 17 BC Iberia 17BC.svg
Administrative organization of emperor Augustus in 17 BC
Administrative organization of Hispania in 212 by emperor Caracalla. Iberia 212.svg
Administrative organization of Hispania in 212 by emperor Caracalla.

1st century

Administrative division of Diocletian in 293. Iberia 293.svg
Administrative division of Diocletian in 293.

2nd century

3rd century

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