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i am so tempted to say they ran away but i will put the right answer: the french were on the side that hated slavery.


A French expeditionary force invaded Mexico and in 1863 supported the Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg to be acclaimed Emperor.

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By supporting the Confederates.

They were wanting influence in Mexico, and it would have suited them to have a new nation, pro-French, in between Mexico and the US.

Lincoln trumped them with his Emancipation Proclamation, officially turning the war into a crusade against slavery, so that free nations abroad could not aid the Confederates without looking pro-slavery themselves.

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