Bristol is located in the central part of Connecticut and a city and a township of Bristol, Hartford County, along the Pequabuck River. The area where the present-day Bristol was part of the Farmington or Tunxis Plantation and was then settled and named as New Cambridge in 1727. The area was renamed Bristol after England city, and in 1785, it was organized as a town. Bristol borough was charted and consolidated as a city with the town in 1911. Bristol became the center of the Tory activity during the American Revolution, and a cave found in Chippens Hill was called Tory's Den. The area came to be known for its clock making industry, and the American Clock and Watch Museum was established in the city. Bristol's commercial sector includes the production of precision springs, ball bearings, and electronic products.
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