Who won the Spanish-American War?  

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The United States quite easily won the Spanish-American War. The war was fought on essentially two fronts, the Philippines and the Caribbean. In the Philippines, the modern United States navy bottled the obsolete Spanish navy in Manila Bay, destroying most of it in essentially a single day. American troops and...

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The United States quite easily won the Spanish-American War. The war was fought on essentially two fronts, the Philippines and the Caribbean. In the Philippines, the modern United States navy bottled the obsolete Spanish navy in Manila Bay, destroying most of it in essentially a single day. American troops and Filipino rebels soon gained control of the Philippines themselves, though a bloody war of independence would follow when the United States attempted to annex the islands against the wishes of the rebels. In the Caribbean, American forces quickly captured Santiago harbor, and peace came in the form of the Treaty of Paris late in 1898. The treaty granted independence to Cuba and Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines to the United States. The war ended so quickly, and with so little loss of life (and such large territorial gains) that US Secretary of State John Hay called it a "splendid little war." Splendid or not, it was a decisive victory for a nation that was eager to assert a place as a global power.

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