Trabuco -The Medieval Times War Machine

History of Trabuco

The Trabuco was a siege war machinery used in medieval times for battles. The ancient war machine was first invented by the Chinese at around 300 BC and is believed to have been used in terror for more than 1000 years. Trabuco war machine was closely related to the catapult since both used similar mechanism to hurl objects at a distance. What’s more, the Trabuco machines could fire all manner of projectiles including rocks, bombs, and dead infected bodies thus resulting in biological warfare.

The Working Mechanism of the Trabuco

The weapon worked by firing projectiles to the enemy across distances of up to 800 meters away based on the power of the Trabuco. Again, the projectiles fired caused mass destructions to the wall of the enemies depending on the size of the projectiles or fireballs shot. On, the Trabuco mechanism was derived from the sling analogy whereby it consisted of the transformation of the potential energy into kinetic energy. The counterweight determined the strength and velocity of the projectile though some of the energy got dissipated by friction and gravity.

Further, it is believed that the very ancient Trabucos once used human energy to operate whereby more than 250 people were needed to effectively launch a projectile. It was very difficult to operate since the people used had to be in sync and it was not easy to coordinate them. This was a major drawback of the Trabuco but it was later modified with the invention of counterweight used independently instead of human energy. Moreover, the war machine was also used in the twelfth and thirteenth century by the Christian and Muslim societies in religious battles back then according to

The Trabuco was later introduced in Europe in the 600 AD and was used till the invention of the gunpowder according to The Trabuco became obsolete at the beginning of the fourteenth century when gunpowder was adapted. Additionally, the Trabucos were very easy to construct but the usage required a lot of calculations thus their effectiveness seized when more modern day artillery was invented. Today, they remain a great tool in physics education in schools.