The history of Banco Santander S.A. ('Santander') stretches back over 150 years. Today, the Santander Group has over 13,500 branches in more than 40 countries - more than any other international bank - with our focus being in continental Europe, the UK, USA and South America. We have over 92 million customers worldwide.
1857 - Queen Isabel II of Spain signed a royal decree authorising the incorporation of the founding of Santander
1947 ? the first regional office opened in the Americas, in Havana (Cuba), followed by others in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, and the UK (London)
1957- on its hundredth anniversary, Banco de Santander became the seventh-ranked finance house in Spain
1960 ? with the purchase of the Banco del Hogar Argentino, Santander started its first subsidiary in Latin America
Late 1980s - Santander bolstered its presence in Europe by acquiring CC-Bank in Germany and acquired a stake in Banco de Comercio e Industria in Portugal
1994 - the acquisition of Banco Español de Crédito (Banesto) makes Santander the leading player in the Spanish market
2000 - the Group was joined by Banespa in Brazil, Grupo Serfín in Mexico and Banco Santiago in Chile, consolidating our position as the leading financial franchise in Latin America
2004 - the Group acquires Abbey, the sixth largest bank in the United Kingdom
2005 - Santander reaches agreement to take a 19.8% stake in Sovereign Bancorp, the 18th biggest bank in the USA
2008 ? by acquiring Alliance & Leicester and the retail deposits business of Bradford & Bingley in the UK, Santander expanded its high street network to 1,300 branches and became the third largest bank in the UK by deposits
You can find more detailed information about the key milestones in the history of the Santander Group here.