A Trabuco is an ancient war machine that was originally invented in China. It was used throughout Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages in battles. It is a large device which has a long suspended beam on which one end a giant sling is mounted and the other end had a counterweight. Soldiers would fill the sling with projectiles in order to send them flying at the enemy. These projectiles would be flung at walls in order to bring them down or they would be shot over the wall to kill or maim the enemy on the other side.
Trabuco’s were easy to manufacture and, unlike similar devices such as catapults or ballistae, they didn’t require any complicated parts. Another benefit was that they were easy to maintain. They were also fairly accurate and could hit things up to about 2600 feet away.
The Trabuco first appeared in China in 400 BC but it didn’t make its way to Europe until around 600 AD according to banco.bradesco. They were used in battles until the invention of gunpowder which made them obsolete as cannons were even more effective. The ones used in Europe and the Middle East could usually fling about 300 pounds worth of stone projectiles. It has also been said that sometimes they were filled with diseased corpses. The hope with this was that when the bodies impacted they would spread disease which is an example of an early use of biological warfare on pt.bab.la.
Today people still build Trabuco’s but of course they’re not used in combat. The last battle for which they were used was in 1779 when British forces defending the Straight of Gibralter thought their guns wouldn’t get the job done according to priberam.pt. Instead, they are often built in schools in order teach students about physics and how to build devices. There are also championships played where the person, or team, who built the Trabuco that flings its payload the farthest wins a prize. Instead of stones or corpses, though, they are usually filled nowadays with something more benign and fun like pumpkins.
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