Other water-powered mills followed

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"Prior to the invention of the sawmill, boards were rived and planed, the earliest known mechanical mill is the Hierapolis sawmill, a Roman water-powered stone mill at Hierapolis, Asia Minor dating back to the 3rd century AD. Other water-powered mills followed and by the 11th century they were widespread in Spain and North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, the circular motion of the wheel was converted to a reciprocating motion at the saw blade."

Would you please explain the meaning of "follow" here?

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  • Cenzontle

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    English, U.S.
    Those other mills came into existence later in history.
    I see about four comma errors in that passage: two run-on sentences and at least one comma missing.

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    "Followed" is used for a sense of progression. In this case it seems it only involves copying, but in other cases could also involve incremental improvements. Once someone had built the first sawmill, the idea was copied and more sawmills were built.

    Stone is what the mill building was made out of, and should come before "water-powered". As Cenzontle says, the punctuation is terrible.
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