Why didn't Central and South America recognize the Confederate States of America?

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Mexico was reluctant to establish diplomatic relations with the Confederate States for two reasons. First, France was flirting with the CSA in providing support. Napoleon III invaded Mexico and established an Emperor. Juarez led a revolt to rid Mexico of France, which the North supported.  This went a long way in establishing trust. In addition, Mexico understood the CSA was struggling economically and there was more monetary benefit with aligning with the North. In addition, other Central American and South American countries wanted a quick resolution because their economies depended on Mexico and they feared European influence if France stayed. There were fears that if the CSA stood, it would encourage the use of slavery in the world and lower economic countries would be subject to slavery from what was viewed as European arrogance.