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Date: 2023
Publisher: The Columbia University Press
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 77 words
Lexile Measure: 1060L

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hammock, suspended bed, usually of netting, canvas, or leather. The hammock and its name were introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus, who learned of them from Native Americans. While the plaited hammock seems to be native to the Western Hemisphere, blankets have served the same purpose among primitive tribes in other parts of the world. The hammock was formerly used to conserve space on naval vessels. It has served as a means of conveyance in tropical areas.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A68488630