I am going to do up an illustration on the timeline of hammocks, but I would like your input. I am going to do a little research myself and see how far back hammocks were used, when they crossed over to different cultures, and finally, the branch we are mostly interested in: hammock camping and the advancements in bug protection, insulation, and more.
If you have an innovation, please name it, the discoveror(s), and the date if at all possible. Some discoveries, innovations, and inventions may be in dispute but I am interested in the story. Who discovered the structural ridgeline? The first bug netting? First tarp usage? Pads and underquilts? Suspension techniques? I don't doubt that many people came to some solutions at the same time, but if you have references, photos, or even thread posts to back up the claim, post it here.