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History of the United States
Spanish-American War
History of Spain

What measures Spain adopted to protect her control of the trade of the Spanish American Empire?

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September 17, 2014 11:41PM

Spain created a trade monopoly that required people in the colonies to only rely on Spain for their purchases. The other European countries were obviously angry about this, and began launching privateer ships that attacked and pillaged Spanish merchant ships. To fight this, Spain sent an armada of battleships to the Caribbean to escort Spanish merchant ships.