Of all the commercially significant communities along the Old South's gulf coast, Pensacola was most dependent upon lumber for its prosperity. Although it failed to develop into a great cotton port, Pensacola found that an expanding lumber industry offered a reliable export commodity upon which to base a steady if unspectacular rate of growth. Favorably situated near rich timber resources, and possessing a good harbor, only enterprise was needed to make the city one of the nation's leading lumber ports.
Eisterhold, John A.
"Lumber and Trade in Pensacola and West Florida: 1800-1860,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 51
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol51/iss3/5