Birth-Death: (1809 - 1865 ) Term: (1861-1865 )
Abraham Lincoln negotiated with European nations during the war, so that the latter would not support the South in this war to preserve the Union.
Foreign Events of Abraham Lincoln
During the Civil War, both parts of the United States (North and South) were eager to keep diplomatic ties with European countries, especially Britain and France. The British seemed to support the South until the Emancipation Proclamation changed the focus of the war, and the British realized that further support of the South would be viewed as support for slavery, which would be morally wrong. British support for the South did result in three destroyers being built. Together, the Alabama, Florida and Shenandoah destroyed more than 250 Union ships.
The French, led by Napoleon III contemplated supporting the Confederacy but when the tide of the war turned that action was quickly forgotten. The French, however did take advantage of the United States' internal fighting and violated the Monroe Doctrine. Napoleon III sent troops to Mexico after debts to France were not paid and established Maximillian on the throne of the country. As soon as the war ended, however, the American troops marched into Mexico and Napoleon III wisely issued a recall of the French army.
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