Though the factors responsible for the failure of Florida to experience the rapid economic development which took place in the vast western areas of the United States during the latter half of the nineteenth century are numerous and diverse, lack of adequate railroad transportation, certainly until the 1880’s, stands out as one of the most important.
Fenlon, Paul E.
"The Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 32:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol32/iss2/3