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 Posted: Fri Nov 25th, 2011 06:57 pm
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BHR62-

  You are correct that it was not in the best interests of Great Britain to start a war with the US. But nations do not always act in their own best interests. One example is the US declaration of war against Great Britain in the War of 1812.

  You also correctly pointed out that the US Navy was doing the very thing to the British in 1861 that caused the US to go to war with the British in 1812. I wonder if anyone in the US government saw any irony in this.

  The TRENT affair was not the only provocation carried out by the US Navy in 1861. Less than a month after the TRENT was stopped, the British ship EUGENIA SMITH was stopped and boarded by the USS SANTIAGO de CUBA off the mouth of the Rio Grande River. A man by the name of J.W. Zacharie of New Orleans was removed from the British ship. He was not a Confederate diplomat, but a purchasing agent. Still, the events were similar.

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