Biggest Spanish Empire Countries

Name the modern-day countries with the most territory that was part of the Spanish Empire.
Based mostly on this map
Not including territory held for less than 10 years
Not counting Portuguese territories held during the time of the Iberian Union
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Last updated: November 20, 2019
First submittedMarch 6, 2017
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%
km2
Country
50
4,800,000
United States
100
2,000,000
Mexico
50
1,400,000
Argentina
100
1,300,000
Peru
100
1,110,000
Colombia
100
1,100,000
Bolivia
100
920,000
Venezuela
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km2
Country
70
530,000
Chile
100
506,000
Spain
100
406,000
Paraguay
100
300,000
Philippines
100
277,000
Ecuador
37
266,000
Morocco (Western Sahara)
100
176,000
Uruguay
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Level 68
Mar 6, 2017
And now 50% of the USA being part of the Spanish Empire surprises me. Lol
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Level ∞
Mar 6, 2017
It's an estimate based on the map.
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Level 71
Mar 7, 2017
Still surprising for me. I had no idea the Spanish controlled territory that far north! I also had no idea Spain controlled Western Sahara.
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Level 77
Mar 7, 2017
I wouldn't say they actually controlled that territory, it was just claimed.
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Level 65
Mar 11, 2017
On Western Sahara - it was a part of Spain till 1975; colonialism (or acctually decolonisation) is quite a recent thing
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2017
I had no idea Spain controlled Spain apparently...
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2018
I'm not sure they control Catalonia.
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2017
The Spanish were even in what is now Canada.
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Level 60
Mar 8, 2017
How could I forget the most obvious country? :S
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2017
thank you. now I don't feel quite so stupid.
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2017
Make it three of us... :-\
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Level 42
Aug 17, 2017
I forgot Mexico...
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Level 18
Aug 17, 2017
The four of us :/
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Level 40
Feb 9, 2020
here the fifth.
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Level 40
Jun 13, 2017
Only missed Philippines, was focusing on the Americas obviously. Didnt realise they controlled that much of the USA!
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Level 51
Jun 30, 2017
100% with left 1:01 minutes
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Level 61
Jul 18, 2017
It took me a moment to figure out what to type for "Western Sahara", but thankfully it accepts Morocco.
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Level 53
Aug 2, 2017
I oddly forgot about Spain.
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2017
Me too - I was thinking of other countries, just took Spain as obvious!
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Level 62
Aug 17, 2017
How did I guess every single country in South America except Paraguay and Uruguay? Those were the only ones I missed.
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Level 53
Aug 17, 2017
I almost left those out, too. Thought of them in the last seconds.
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Level 47
Aug 17, 2017
I thought Spain claimed area near or including Vancouver Island at one point. The water boundary between the extreme western portions of BC and Washington is the Strait of Juan de Fuca and it was claimed for Spain in 1592 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Juan_de_Fuca
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Level 57
Aug 17, 2017
Since the Iberian Union lasted 60 years (well over the required 10 years), Brazil and other Portugese posessions should also be mentioned.
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Level 61
Aug 17, 2017
I do agree!!!
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Level 44
Jul 11, 2018
During the Iberian union, the kingdoms of Portugal and Spain were ruled separately by the same king, but they never merged into one kingdom or one empire.
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2019
Yes, this is why they are not included. I added a caveat.
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Level 58
Aug 17, 2017
Spain is the third less guessed country.... lol
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Level 32
Aug 17, 2017
Fun quiz but annoyed Spain is included since I missed it lol. I just assumed it was included by default. :)
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Level 32
Aug 17, 2017
Got all but Uruguay and Phillippines. Good quiz
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Level 44
Aug 17, 2017
Got everywhere but Philippines. I remembered the territory Spain held in India but not in the Philippines!
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Level 47
Aug 12, 2018
333 years of spanish occupation to be exact.
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Level 46
Aug 17, 2017
Got them all... except Chile. Whoooops...
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Level 47
Aug 17, 2017
Only 78% got Spain! It's the Spanish Empire!
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Level 57
Aug 18, 2017
Spain dominated more than 60% of Brazil due to the Treaty of Tordesilhas. I am pretty sure that is bigger than Uruguay
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Level 37
Aug 18, 2017
I was gonna do this but you beat me.Atleast 13/14!
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Level 76
Nov 10, 2017
Huh, that's the second quiz in a row where I've almost forgotten about the Philippines's existence.
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Level 45
Jan 4, 2018
NO!! Forgot Philippines and Uruguay, though both were obviously
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Level 56
May 10, 2019
Wait what? I need to add Spain in a question about the 'Spanish' Empire? 19/20
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Level 54
May 20, 2019
I forgot spain
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Level 52
Jun 11, 2019
Got to 13/14 with like 2 mins left. Spent two minutes guessing every country in Africa I knew wasn't French or Portugese. Time ran out, and I had forgotten Spain
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Level 67
Jul 10, 2019
How do people get part of south america but not all of them?
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Level 62
Jul 15, 2019
Spain is 77%!
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Level 52
Aug 2, 2019
I am the kind of person who types in equatorial guinea on these quizzes even though I know it is WAY too small!
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Level 40
Sep 28, 2019
Nearly forgot Spain itself
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Level 38
Oct 22, 2019
Got all but Western Sahara. Didn't know that Spain claimed it. Is that why Morocco is always included in the "closest countries to Spain" quizzes?
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Level 70
Nov 11, 2019
Ceuta and Melilla have borders with Morocco.
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Level 46
Jan 11, 2020
Of course I forget Spain.
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Level 56
Jan 25, 2020
Was a little surprised not to see Belgium or the Netherlands. Guess they're just too small.
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Level 52
Feb 7, 2020
Even if Portugal territories were to be excluded, Brazil should still make the list by the map linked in the caveat. A lot of border land in marked as spanish, including the whole Acre state.
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Level 39
Feb 7, 2020
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
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Level 24
May 31, 2020
I forgot Spain...
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Level 28
Jun 30, 2020
Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and parts of France, Kiribati, Tuvalu...