Asked in History of MaritimeHistory of the United StatesSpanish-American WarHistory of Spain
What measures Spain adopted to protect her control of the trade of the Spanish American Empire?
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.