A Trabuco, which is also sometimes called a Balancing Trabuco is a war machine that was used in ancient times. In the Middle Ages, Trabucos were used by kingdoms as a siege weapon.
The Trabuco allowed armies to destroy their enemies protective walls, which were often quite massive according to dicio.com.br. Objects that weighed up to 140 pounds could be launched towards the enemy target of choice.
The Trabuco worked by launching these projectiles at very high speeds, which resulted in great destruction. They were frequently used back in the European Crusades to attack the Christian movements.
How Did the Trabuco Evolve?
The Trabuco was originally based on the catapult, an ancient war machine that most readers will already be familiar with because it is much more well-known. The Trabuco was designed to launch heavier projectiles than the catapult. This allowed it to cause much more destruction to the enemies’ walls and other protective structures.
Much like the catapult, the Trabuco makes use of a lever and a counterweight in order to effectively launch the projectile at the designated target at the proper speed and velocity.
During the Middle Ages, in addition to the large stones that may initially come to mind, ancient armies used the Trabuco to fling several different objects that might not be conventionally considered “ammunition” at their enemies according to dicionarioinformal.com.br. Contaminated dead bodies of both humans and animals, barrels of sand, human skulls and even stallions.
By using the Trabuco, ancient armies were able to launch these shots up to 650 meters while still maintaining good speed and accuracy. This made it on of the most important war machines of its time.
While it certainly cannot compare to modern war machines, the Trabuco was quite a force to be reckoned with before technology advanced, and it was instrumental in many different historic wars on youtube.com.
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