What Are Trabucos?

Trabuco was a weapon used in the Middle Ages in the time of war. It was used to throw huge stones over walls much like a catapult. During war, the opposing country could throw 140 kilos at extreme speeds over the adversary’s heads from 800 meters away flawlessly. A gruesome act also happened during war. They would fling very sick people to the enemy in hopes they would get sick too.

Trabucos were created in China around 400 BC. In 600 AD Europe started using Trabucos during their wars. The practice of using them stopped when gunpowder was invented. The difference between catapults and Trabuco was that it was simpler to use and it was easier to make. The way the war machines work were transforming potential energy into kinetic energy. The counterweight was equivalent to the momentum of the projectile so the weightier the counterweight was, the projectile would be more powerful.

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The well-known case of a trabuco being used in a battle was when Wu Jing Yao de Zong was in power according to pt.wikipedia.org. His army flung a 140 pound stone at 80 meters. Charles VII of France had one made that could launch 800 kilos in the air. Even 1500 kilos have used in a trabuco in 1148. The longest distance a projectile was thrown was 300 meters. Louis IX of France had used 24 trabucos during his battle in 1249 on infopedia.pt.

Trabucos are used today to teach people the elementals of mechanics. They are used in historical reenactments and pumpkin throwing championships. In 2005, a 22-ton trabuco was built. It is located at the Warwick Castle in England. The height of it is 18 meters high and it can launch 36kg in the air from 300 meters. Rebels during the Syrian Civil war were seen using a trabuco to fling explosives at troops. In Ukraine, rioters used trabucos to fling bricks and cocktails at their enemy.

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