What was happening in Great
Britain, France, Canada, Russia, and other countries as they saw
the American experiment in democracy seeming to fall apart?
Although no country officially recognized the Confederacy, ships
bought surreptitiously in England became Southern sea raiders
(e.g., CSS Alabama and CSS Shenandoah), roaming both the Atlantic
and Pacific to prey upon Union shipping. The only attack on a far
Northern town (St. Albans, Vermont) was launched from Canada.
Meanwhile, Napoleon III of France was able to install his own
puppet, Emperor Maximilian, in Mexico.
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