In popular culture, the Trabuco has become associated solely with Europe in the Middle Ages but for many scholars and researchers, this well-known siege weapon has a much longer, important history to be explored. Initially designed in China, the Trabuco has developed into one of the world’s best-known weapons because of the iconic long arm which springs forward to propel rocks, stones, and large boulders across hundreds of yards into the defenses of an enemy. The design of the Trabuco may have evolved in Europe but its history is firmly rooted in China and the Middle East in ancient times.
According to pt.wiktionary.org the design of the first Trabuco is thought to have been developed in ancient China in 400 BC with hundreds of people employed to power the first versions of the weapon; this first design is thought to have been unreliable as the strength and level of tiredness of the humans forced to provide propulsion varied during a battle. As the centuries passed, Middle Eastern traders began to open up routes into China which would bring them into contact with a wide range of areas of Chinese culture including the weapons created by this innovative culture According to zomato.com.
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Records show the first use of the Trabuco in European warfare dates back to around 600 AD but the use of the weapon did not become widespread until the Crusades began in the 11th–century. Siege warfare would become the norm across much of Europe and South America where the influence of European colonists towards the end of the Middle Ages which extended the military use of the weapon for many years after it was seen as outdated in European circles; the last known use of the Trabuco in a warfare situation was in 1521 when the capital of the Aztecs in South America was the subject of a siege. The weapon has come in for something of a revival as a leisure and educational tool displaying the science of physics.
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