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The Confederacy was confident England would provide aid and support their independence because:
England wanted revenge for the American Revolution.
British textile factories required Southern cotton in order to continue to produce at great rates.
The bulk of the English population supported slavery.
England was offended by the concept of the blockade and felt it violated the idea of freedom of the seas.
England feared the growing strength of the US and thought this might delay or prevent the US from becoming a world power.