Portugal was officially an autonomous state, but in actuality, the country was in a personal union with the Spanish crown from 1580 to 1640.
Why didn’t Spain invade Portugal?
1) Portugal is mostly a very hilly, relatively barren terrain (not a very attractive country to conquer). Originally Answered: Why did Spain not conquer the whole of Portugal? Portugal was an empire too, the whole of Portugal was larger than all of Europe.
Did Spain invade Portugal?
The Spanish invasion of Portugal between 5 May and 24 November 1762 was a military episode in the wider Seven Years’ War in which Spain and France were defeated by the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance with broad popular resistance.
Spanish invasion of Portugal (1762)
|Date||5 May–24 November 1762|
|Location||Northern and Eastern Portugal, Spain|
What’s the difference between Spain and Portugal?
The biggest geographic difference between Portugal and Spain is the size; Spain is around five times larger than Portugal. Both countries have Mediterranean climates, meaning they are generally temperate, with warm summers and mild winters.