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They did not have dials or hands and only struck bells on the hour.These mechanical devices were probably placed in the church belfry in order to make use of the existing church bell.Clocks were first brought to the American colonies in the early 1600s by wealthy colonists and owning a clock was a status symbol.Most ordinary people could not afford a clock of their own and had to rely on the church clock or the town clock.Farmers sectioned quadrants of time into broad periods of seasons for planting, growing and harvesting.

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He studied its swing and discovered that each swing was equal and had a natural rate of motion.

Other early and more precise timekeeping devices also include the hourglass, indexed candles that burned at a fixed rate, and water powered devices.