Time, it has been said, marches resolutely on and leaves a record of what has gone before if we are careful to observe.
There are so many historical events over the course of time. The most recent events and happenings are well recorded and documented but can still be open to varying interpretation. The more distant events are harder to trace and often do not have many validating or corroborating sources of information. So it is with the history of the earth, of mankind, of cultures and nations, and of devices and inventions.
Several years ago, sixteen to be exact, I set out to puzzle out for myself a credible timeline of kite history. The purpose in my mind was simple: order the events and chronicle the people who had contributed to the development of the kite and used it in innovative and interesting ways. A simple task, I was sure.
Not so! Here I am sixteen years later publishing for the first time my efforts at recording a brief, and hopefully useful, chronology of the kite. I have postponed the publication of any of the timelines on this web site many times. I did this because I continued to find conflicting evidence about the order and timing of events. Revision, checking more sources, update and more revision became an ongoing state of affairs.
I believe that the timelines published here today are very accurate, but they are not infallible. As with any historical effort covering a broad scope there is room for error even with the most thorough checking of facts having been carried out.
I know that these timelines will need to be revised again and again as new information is brought forward and as conflicting evidence challenges details or dates.
I have published the timelines at this juncture because I believe in their accuracy. I know that the scrutiny of kiters and people with a deep interest in things historical will undoubtedly lead to challenges and the correction of possible errors. I welcome your input, your questions, your dialogue and your sharing of factual evidence. Only through such cooperative effort can a properly validated timeline of kite history be available for use by students in schools and for reference by kiters who would like to know more about the development of this amazing device, the kite.
To begin your journey through time and experience the chronicle of the kite, I invite you to visit the Best-Breezes Timeline of Kite History.
Please contact me if you wish more information, have questions or can suggest some sources or evidence to improve the timeline.
Bob White - Hifliercanada - October 30, 2006
Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
"Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."played by Patrick Stewart, from the film "Star Trek: Generations"