The Trabuco Spreads Across The World

In the 21st-century, the Trabuco is well-known for its use in regular events such as pumpkin throwing in the Fall but this amazing military weapon has a history dating back to the 4th-century B.C. One of the earliest military developments of the Chinese Empires of ancient times, the Trabuco has developed a strong following across the planet over the course of a military history lasting until 1521. The heyday of the Trabuco can be described as taking place in the Middle Ages across the Middle East and Europe when the opposing sides of the Crusades both took this technology and created new ways of bringing a siege to an end in a fast way.

There have been a number of different forms of the Trabuco over the years which have been developed to meet the needs of those in powerful military positions. The weapon was originally powered by human force as hundreds of Chinese people would be employed to provide the force needed for the level of the Trabuco to be propelled forward and throw a rock over a great distance; by the time Arabian merchants had identified the Trabuco as their weapon of choice it had evolved into a weapon capable of propelling large objects hundreds of yards and breaking down the strong defenses of any castle or city walls according to


By the 12th-century, the Muslim military leader, Saladin had begun to use an early form of the traction Trabuco in his attempts to overcome the Byzantine forces. As the Crusades brought Saladin’s army into contact with European military leaders who took his design for a traction Trabuco and adapted it to meet their own needs. Used by military leaders across Europe for around four centuries from 1100 to the end of the 15th-century, the Trabuco became the best option for breaking a siege by destroying the battlements and defenses of a castle or city.

The Trabuco has made various returns to the arena of conflict including the 1521 Siege of the Aztec capital by Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes and during the 2013 Syrian Civil War when ammunition was scarce on both occasions.

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