Who made the first hammock?
During his 1492 voyage, Columbus found “wonderful arrangements of nets” in the homes of native peoples in modern-day Cuba. This marks the earliest known appearance of the hammock in our written record.
|Reconstruction of the Cuban homes where Columbus may have found the “first” hammock.|
On other Caribbean Islands, Central America, and modern-day Brazil, European explorers continued to find native peoples using hammocks. Dozens of native tribes encountered by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers apparently used them.
“Those that have the most plentiful Estate or Fortunes, the better sort, use Net-work, knotted at the four corners in lieu of Beds, which the Inhabitants of the Island of Hispaniola, in their own proper Idiom, term Hammacks.”
|Hammock Illustration first published by Oviedo y Valdes in XVI Century|