… export of the south was cotton and slave labour was the main driving force behind this enterprise. While the Thirteen Colonies were still under British rule there was a large movement within British parliament to keep slavery due to how lucrative it was. Naturally with the large profits of the slave owners came large power, thus, going against them was close to impossible.
Very interesting point. How were the interests of slaveowning planters represented, since they were not directly represented in parliament?