Industrial activity in antebellum West Florida largely involved the exploitation of its timber lands and rich clay beds. Florida brick companies of the period, like those elsewhere in the country, were relatively small-scale operations in terms of number of employees, amount of capital, or value of final product. Despite efforts to mechanize the industry most firms still followed the hand manufacturing process. Brickyards were located near an adequate source of clay and potential markets to avoid the cost of transporting long distances either raw materials or finished products. Although some interregional trade in bricks occurred, most firms produced for local or perhaps regional markets.
Ellsworth, Lucius F.
"Raiford and Abercrombie: Pensacola's Permier Antebellum Manufacturer,"
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