Trabuco- An Ancient War Device

A Trabuco is an ancient war machine that was used by soldiers to fire projectiles at their enemies. Additionally, soldiers also used the Trabuco to crush the masonry walls of their enemies. The device functions using the same principles as those of a catapult. Moreover, it also works just like a sling. In other words, it changes the gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy, which then supplies the force required to the projectiles.

Therefore, in order to distinguish a Trabuco from other weapons that have a similar design and function, the Trabuco is also referred to as a balancing Trabuco. Additionally, it is also referred to as a balancing Trabuco because in some countries such as Portugal, Brazil, and France the word Trabuco is sometimes referred to as ancient revolvers, and shotguns. There are two types of Trabuco namely the hybrid Trabuco, and the tensile Trabuco. The hybrid Trabuco can fling stones weighing up to 400 pounds. The stones can be thrown up to a distance of 300 meters. Furthermore, the hybrid Trabuco was used by Arab merchants in the Middle East to fight Egyptian soldiers. The tensile Trabuco, on the other hand, can fling stones weighing up to 140 pounds. The stones can be thrown to a distance of 80 meters. Although the Trabuco is no longer used in war, and therefore unavailable in the market, it is easy to build it according to Nowadays, many people use the Trabuco for various activities like hurling grapes, foam balls, or paper balls.


The Trabuco was first used by the Chinese to launch attacks among themselves in 400 DC. Later between 500 and 600 DC, the tool became famous in Europe. For many years since then, the Trabuco was used as a dominant device during wars until gunpowder emerged. Additionally, the tool was very famous among the Mongols. The Mongols was a native tribe that lived in China between 1000 and 1300. The Mongols used to attack their neighboring tribes (Xiangyang, and Fancheng) by throwing heavy and hot stones at them using the Trabuco. Moreover, the machine was introduced in Europe and the Middle East by the Persian Engineers, and the Byzantine Empire on In Europe, it was first used by empires based in Northern Germany. Later, its popularity spread to Italy, England, France, and Portugal.

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