What is described here are essentially cotton wars. It ultimately reached even into Mexico.
It was a generational event that was additionally fueled by what had to be a massive importation of black slaves. Thus it is clear that the majority of black slaves arrived in response to the rise of cotton in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century. Earlier traffic was real enough but supported mostly by Irish and Native slaves.
This all then happened in the face of the direct opposition of the British Navy. However, the traffic would have passed first into the Caribbean markets before a quick crossing into the south.