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|TW, the Confederate government was constantly presenting themselves as the true heirs of the American revolution to the Europeans. The closest the Confederacy ever got to recognition was in the fall of 1862 because of labor issues caused by the blockade. Lincoln took recognition out of the picture with the Emancipation Proclamation and the British government found new sources of cotton in India and Eygpt. The British people and thus the government would not support a Confederacy fighting for the institution of slavery and Lincoln forced their hand. France is another matter, but their policy was driven by British policy at the time. There is never anything alutruistic about international politics.