What Year Were Hammocks Invented?

The hammock is just as old as it is useful. It is a device that has been around for centuries and has served many cultures well.

Though drawings in caves with nets that could be perceived as hammocks date back to 8,000 B.C., it is commonly accepted that hammocks have been around since 2,000 B.C. Hammocks originated in Mezzo-America (Central and South America, Caribbean) as a tool used by indigenous tribes like the Maya and Inca. The apparatus’ original purpose was to carry items—or people—from one place to another.Engraving-Starboard-Battery-000033213836_Medium

When Columbus discovered the hammock in 1492, he took several back to Portugal on his voyage home. From there, the hammock was dispersed all over the world by traders and explorers. During the dispersion, it began to be used for a broader range of purposes, such as the now-common purpose of relaxation. Such dispersion brought us to where we are today—the hammock is now used across the globe and is a universal symbol of comfort and leisure.

You can read more about the history of hammocks here.

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?