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How did the United States win the Spanish American War?

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animalover4546 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM via web

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How did the United States win the Spanish American War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The United States won this war in three ways.

First, the US had a much stronger and more modern navy than Spain did.  This allowed it to destroy Spanish fleets at Manila and in Cuba. 

Second, the US was much more able to supply its soldiers in Cuba.  Cuba was, of course, close to the United States and far from Spain.  US naval power meant that the Spanish on Cuba could not be resupplied.  This helped the US win.

Finally, the US was much more motivated to fight.  American volunteers were very excited about the war while the Spaniards were much less interested.

All of these factors contributed to US victory.

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