Florida led all other states in naval stores production from 1905 to 1923, sometimes accounting for half of the nation's output. North Carolina had led from colonial times to the 1870s, but when naval stores declined there, many North Carolinians followed the industry southward and westward through the longleaf pine belt.
"Wade Leonard, Florida Naval Stores Operator,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 51:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol51/iss4/4