Englishmen, John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767. Spilsbury was an engraver and mapmaker. The first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world. Spilsbury attached a map to a piece of wood and then cut out each country.
The original name for a jigsaw puzzle was dissections, probably a reference to the way jigsaws were made by dissecting an original image.
I recommend Jigsaw Planet if you'd like to experience solving a virtual jigsaw. Photo Credit: Morgue File