The fluctuating price of cotton in the 1840’s caused the cotton planters of Florida, like their brethren in other parts of the South, to consider ways in which they might stabilize the price of their staple crop in order to stave off economic ruin. 1 Numerous proposals were made to this end, 2 but none met with more widespread response throughout the South than that. of bringing the cotton mill to the cotton field by establishing cotton manufactories throughout the cotton producing regions.
"The Manufacture of Cotton in Florida Before and During the Civil War,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 13:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol13/iss1/3