- Glossary definition: Peninsular War
Peninsular War
(1808 - 1814)

Major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought on the Iberian Peninsula by an alliance of Spain, Portugal, and Britain against the Napoleonic French Empire. Known as the Spanish War of Independence (Guerra de la Independencia Espa˝ola) in Spain and in other countries and as Invas§es Francesas ("French Invasions") in Portugal, the war began when French armies occupied Spain in 1808 and lasted until the Sixth Coalition defeated Napoleon in 1814.