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Post by koimaster » March 20th 2021, 10:43pm

Great watchmakers have been few and far between in history, horology was very rarely the main field of a scientist, especially in the 18th and 19th century. Moreover, much development in horology was happening in Europe at this time, not America.

As collectors, I imagine many of us have tried tinkering with our own watches in the past…with varying degrees of success. So, what if I told you that one man, back in the 18th century, built a wooden striking clock himself…with having ever seen a clock before?

Benjamin Banneker is that man. He was born a free person of colour near Baltimore in 1731, when American was still a colony under the British crown and American colonies (cities like Baltimore) were often raided by Native Americans.

There are two versions of the story regarding Benjamin Banneker’s background but one is generally accepted over the other. The first comes from Martha Ellicott Tyson, who says that while Banneker’s father was a native African, brought to America as a slave; his mother was of English descent, the daughter of a lower-class English woman who had come to America and purchased two slaves. One of which was an African prince who she fell in love with and eventually married. In this case, Banneker’s mother would’ve them been mixed with English ancestry. ... r-in-short


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