Even with any naval blockade, the navy would insist on a contraband list.I'll be delving into most of these issues. My take is that Britain's strategy of exactly how to fight America would be confused at best as the primary cassis belli is an insult to the British flag. That doesn't lend to a coherent battle plan with defined objectives.
Britain has spent many years making sure Europe is on fire and they all keep fighting among themselves. The only thing that worried the British is seeing anyone side winning anything other than a pyrrhic victory.Poor Britain... take your eyes off the continent for but a moment and suddenly everything is on fire.
Wasn't Thomas on the gray team ITTL?
Very doubtful that Juarez, would have been willing or even able to accept, what would be perceived as a devil 's deal, with Seward.In return, Juarez would immediately turn over largely unpopulated Baja California to America in perpetuity and use Sonora and Chihuahua as collateral. Juarez negotiated Chihuahua out of the agreement but had to sign up for the other provisions.