Millions of people around the world enjoy hammocks for outdoors,
in the home, camping, wherever they want to rest. While we know,
the hammock is comfortable and offers many conveniences, where
did the hammock originate?
Almost every country in Central America, to include Guatemala,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Mexico, as well as
countries in South America such as Brazil and Ecuador, have been
using and enjoying hammocks for close to 1,000 years. More
advanced cultures were able to produce stone palaces, pyramids,
writing systems, and the hammock. Of all the discoveries and
inventions, many believed the hammock to be the most valuable.
The bark of the Hamack Tree was the first material used to make
hammocks. As time progressed, the Sisal plant was used in place
of bark. People discovered the material to be more durable,
abundant, and when the material was beaten with a rock, the
fibers were softened, making the hammock even more comfortable.
The use of cotton in hammocks has only been around for 60 years.
The trade routes were quite extensive and used for trading between
the different Indian nations of Central and South America. The
hammock was one of the favorite items traded, which spread the
popularity to millions of the native people. Before long, the
hammocks were made from various materials and fabrics, which
expanded the styles. The cloth, fabric hammock is what you would
find in Brazil, along with the rope and cord hammocks.
Shortly after Columbus came to America, the Bahamians were using
hammocks for their afternoon siestas. Interested in this new
contraption, Columbus took a load of hammocks with him on his
return trip. From that, the Europeans, especially the sailors of
Britain and France, found the hammock comfortable, practical, and
useful for getting a good night's sleep while at sea.
By the 19th century, the prison system in Britain was also using
hammocks for sleeping because of the space it saved. They would
hang the large brass hook over hooks securely fastened to the wall,
and the other hook to the opposing wall. The result was more space
around and under the hammock. Not until the prisoners discovered
the brass rings could be used, as weapons were the hammocks removed.
Although hammocks were considered a novelty in the 18th century
in North America, by the 1880s, once the wider version of the
hammock was designed, it exploded in popularity. Even today, the
hammock continues to grow as well as the many uses. Many people
are eliminating the bed in the bedroom and replacing it for the
more ergonomic hammock.