Around a century and a half after Columbus’s first encounter with the hammock, they were adopted for use in naval vessels. This was definitely a smart innovation: the hammocks saved space in the cramped crew quarters of a ship. In addition, since the hammock would swing with the motion of the ship, sailors wouldn’t get thrown out of them with rough waters or a storm.
Later, in the 19th century, the British started using hammocks for their prison systems. Again, this was due to the space-saving qualities of a hammock, while also providing comfort. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th-century that hammocks became popular in North America. In the 20th-century, they were often used for infants to crawl around on.
These days, around 500,000 to 2,000,000 hammocks are sold in North America every year, and for good reason! It’s incredibly relaxing to take a well-deserved break in one and just let the time pass by.