"More than 5,000 American soldiers died of malaria, typhoid,
and dysentery, while fewer than 500 died in battle" after the force landed in Cuba. "Attacks by both American and Cuban forces succeeded in defeating the much larger but poorly led Spanish army. The "taking of San Juan Hill was the success of the U.S. Navy in destroying the Spanish fleet at Santiago Bay on July 3. Without a navy, Spain realized that it couldn't continue fighting, and in early August 1898 asked for U.S. terms of peace."