Hernan Cortes, conquistador of Mexico, observed the hammock as a staple of Indian life in the region he ventured in Mexico. Especially in the Yucatan region where today the hammock industry is a major segment of the local economy.
In the past twenty five years, the hammock industry has exploded, becoming a multi-million dollar industry. There are now over 20 US hammock manufacturing companies. The styles have varied, with the Classic American Rope hammock, the more traditional fabric hammock, the imported ethic hammocks from Nicaragua, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil and China.
No matter the style, it is important that the couple hammock is suspended securely. A hammock hung indoors should be attached with chains or ropes to heavy hooks that are drilled into the center of wall studs or ceiling beams. The suggested distance between hooks should be at least 12 feet. If the hammock is suspended outside, the supports should also be substantial. The hammock should be hung at least 6 feet from the ground.