Early Uses and Modern Benefits Of Hammocks

Hammocks on a ship - Norasia Alya

The first hammocks came from Latin America over 1,000 years ago. It would eventually become the most common way for people to sleep in the 11th century because it was easy to make, comfortable, and could protect people from the venomous creatures on the ground. Some early users of hammocks even discovered that their bed could also become a tool for fishing.

Colombus needs somewhere to put his ball

By the time Christopher Columbus made it to the Americas in the late 15th century, hammocks were being used throughout the entire region. It was an idea that he would even adopt for his sailors because of its unique advantages.

The Hammock – A Refuge From Rats

Sailors saw the advantages of using a hammock for sleeping right away. It would prevent them from relaxing on a dirty deck, prevent them from falling out in rough seas, and limit the vermin that would sometimes make their way to a bunk. Early explorers and settlers in the various colonies set up by Europe used hammocks as well because they were space-savers. If you were travelling in the woods at night, then you could string up your bed between a couple of trees for some rest.This practice would continue until the early 20th century.

Cayo Double Hammock - Bordeaux
The Maldives is pretty nice in places

How the Modern Hammock Helps Society

We still use the basic concept of a hammock that ancient civilizations were using a millennium before. They provide comfort and leisure while helping us to enjoy the outdoors. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and colours to suit your needs. Hammocks are still a fantastic travel item to take with you.

Camping with one can often provide a much better night of sleep than lying on the hard ground in a sleeping bag. They have come a long way from the time when hammocks were made using the bark of a tree. It is a technology that has stuck around for one primary reason: it does its job well.

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