The Trabuco is an ancient weapon that was used in war and during sieges to demolish and bring down stone walls, during the middle ages, the Trabuco was very successful, and it was among the standard war inventory every army had in their possession. Just like a catapult, the Trabuco could hurl projectiles behind enemy lines with fatal power. When used with experienced and skilled personnel, the Trabuco proved deadly and destructive hence its use to weaken regions behind enemy lines.
The conventional Trabuco is also referred to as the balancing Trabuco to distinguish it from the traction Trabuco. The design of both the balancing and traction Trabuco is minimal. However, it should be noted that the traction Trabuco was designed and used before the balancing Trabuco. What this means is that the balancing Trabuco is more of a modification of the balancing Trabuco. While in Brazil it is not rare to hear a shotgun or revolver being referred to as a Trabuco.
The design of the Trabuco has been derived from the old sling design that used a small piece of wood that was used to extend the weapon in use while at the same time providing a better lever system. The system was further improved thanks to the Chinese invention of the traction bolt. The addition of the traction bolt to the Trabuco’s design meant that individuals could pull the strings that were attached to the shorter arm of the lever which had a sling above the more extended arm
When gunpowder was invented, superior weapons were designed, and the Trabuco could no longer be used in fighting battles or even defending against invasion. Soon after the invention of gunpowder, the canon was invented too. The canon was so many times better than the Trabuco in its efficiency and destructive power. It is worth noting that in the attack of Burgos and the attack of Rhodes, the Trabuco and canons were used together. The last ever recorded military combat use of the Trabuco was recorded in the year 1521. The reason the Trabuco was used in 1521 was the insufficient supply of gunpowder.
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