In my book series, while most of the Aurean Empire has essentially a combination of the plant life of the American West and the Mediterranean, the northern provinces are a bit different because all of the Planet Aurea's landmass is in the southern hemisphere. These northern provinces are based on parts of the neotropics, and as such, their climate and plant life is mostly tropical. Specifically, the province of Sparteia is similar to Florida and Cuba, Monsaltu is similar to the Mexican Riviera, far northern Tangolia is a lot like Yucatan, and the rest is a massive tropical expanse very similar to the Cerrado and Amazon regions of Brazil. My question is which trees in neotropical environments like this provide the best wood for shipbuilding?
NOTE: the tech level of the Aurean civilization is early Renaissance, but their shipbuilding techniques are overall most similar to those of the Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, and Ottomans.