Trabucos: A Study In Warfare

Whatever name is used for these instruments of destruction; Trabuco, Trebuchet, or Catapult there is no denying the power and destructive force behind instrument of warfare. Tracing the lineage of a trabucos is almost like finding a person who is related royalty on every continent. Trabuco were designed used for warfare in China, but made their way onto almost every battleground across the world and were used extensively until the advent of gunpowder.

The trabuco is a relatively easy build. The design can be small or large depending on the distance needed for the throw and the object that needs destroying. The bigger the trabuco, the harder the object is thrown and with a longer distance, so there is a bit of calculating involved. Other than that it takes wood, some metal, a heavy counterweight to power the machine and an object to throw. The trabuco works on the principle of transferring potential energy into kinetic energy by releasing the counterweight. The counterweight will do a fast, full revolution, powering the sling throwing the object. When the trabucos is bigger,the object thrown can knock down walls, decimate advancing armies, and cause a wide path of destruction.

Trabuco originated in China around 400 BC according to where they started out as a sling type weapon gradually advancing into a more modern traction based weapon with the invention of the traction bolt by Chinese engineers. Somewhere around 600 AD the weapon was seen on battlefields in Europe. They have been made portable on wheels and manufactured to break down and reassemble fast in thereat of battle. The last recorded use of a trabuco

Based on, modern trabuco are found mainly in much smaller versions, sitting in science class rooms explaining the use of powerful, but simple, physics. To read more about the fascinating history of the trabuco, please click

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October 4, 2017

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