Englishmen, John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767 (Some sources are not so specific and list around 1760). 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. Teachers used Spilsbury’s puzzles to teach geography Students learned their geography lessons by putting the world maps back together.