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refers to the
history of Spain
over the 16th and 17th centuries (1516–1700), when Spain was ruled by the major branch of the
(also associated with its role in the history of
). The Habsburg rulers (chiefly
) reached the zenith of their influence and power, controlling territory, including the
territories now in France
from 1580 to 1640, various other territories such as small enclaves like
in North Africa. This period of Spanish history has also been referred to as the "Age of Expansion".
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