Our main interest and passion is to promote the use of hammocks in general. “No one should be without a hammock,” is our motto, and we really don’t care where you buy it or if you make it yourself. We answer emails every day helping people learn more about hammocks – free of charge.
This site is still a work in progress so please bear with us… but look around, learn and enjoy!
Being direct descendants from the Tainos we have a deep, natural love for the hammock. Although the inventor of the hammock is lost to history, if you were to ask a Taino how they came to know about the hammock, they would tell you that the hammock is a gift of the Gods.
The Tainos were the original inhabitants of the island of Boriken, now known as Puerto Rico. Some words from the Taino language are still in modern times. Words like barbacoa (“barbecue”), hamaca (“hammock”), canoa (“canoe”), tabaco (“tobacco”), yuca and Huracan (“hurricane”) have been incorporated into the Spanish and English languages.
They slept in cotton hammocks instead of beds, which helped them sleep above the ground and away from insects.
Christopher Columbus and his crew, landing on an island in the Bahamas on October 12,1492 were the first Europeans to encounter the Taíno people. Columbus wrote:
“They traded with us and gave us everything they had, with good will… they took great delight in pleasing us… They are very gentle and without knowledge of what is evil; nor do they murder or steal… Your highness may believe that in all the world there can be no better people… They love their neighbors as themselves, and they have the sweetest talk in the world, and are gentle and always laughing.”
To honor our roots and heritage, the “O” in our logo is one of the Taino’s many depictions of the Sun:
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