I have a thread that I can bump up about the role of Mexico subverting the blockade.Thank you all for a very interesting and educational thread. Read all 14 pages, but much is over my head. Can some of you recommend some books that describe the participation of all foreign nations that were involved in the ACW? GB, of course. What about others, such as France, Caribbean Islands, and Canada? Also, didn't Mexico play a part? Also a treatment of GB pro-USA and pro-CSA parties and individuals, and the effects on various GB workers, some benefitting (armaments) and others not (cotton cloth) would be helpful. Statistics on amounts shipped by commodity both ways would be useful.
So far, I saw only these 2 books cited:
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
France sold weapons to both sides and blockade runners used French Caribbean ports. The French sold a submersible craft to the Union Navy " the Alligator" Wiki has an article on it. Keep in mind the only independent nation in the Caribbean was Hatti.
Canadian ports were used by blockade runners and Northern men who wished to avoid the draft did beat feet to the Great White North.
The Austrian Empire sold thousands or tens of thousands of Lorenz rifle musket's to both sides.