The Trabuco Made It From The Middle Ages To The Modern Classroom

The Trabuco became a consolidated war machine throughout the middle ages. It was primarily used as a city surrounding and sieging weapon. Its main use was for smashing city walls and even for throw different kinds of objects over them. The Trabuco is also called a Trebuchet in some European countries. The Trabuco mainly different from a catapult because of its counterweight that gives it the power to throw and heavier objects over a greater distance than its predecessor, the traditional catapult does.

The counterweight Trabuco was frequently used in both Muslim and Christian countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It became renowned for being able to throw heavy objects on its enemies and hitting their fortresses and walls from distances of up to 800 meters with reliable precision. History is full of records which account for diseased cadavers being used thrown over the enemies walls as a rudimental form of biological warfare. The Chinese are thought to have invented the Trabuco around 400 BC. Europe began to use the Trabuco around 600 AC. Based on, the Trabuco was continued to be used until gunpowder led to the invention of a completely new and different class of weapons that were more mobile, powerful and effective.

Initially, Trabucos could only be armed by pulling them back with multiple ropes that were pulled by people. With time, the counterweight Trabuco was developed and it came into use, which had more power and precision. Historical records do not provide an answer to who might have invented the counterweight Trabuco. Small-scale Trabucos are currently used in modern classrooms as a means of demonstrating and teaching the physical principles of potential energy becomes kinetic energy.

There were several countries that used Trabucos, which extend across Europe into several regions in what is present-day China. The Chinese who invented gunpowder, are responsible for making the Trabuco an obsolete weapon according to

More recent historical records at, prove that Trabucos were used in attacking Burgos during the late 15th century. Even in the 16th century, Trabucos were backup weapons against the Aztecs when Hernán Corés ran out of gunpowder. The last time a Trabuco was built by the British military as a backup weapon for their cannons, was in 1779 when they were defending the Gibraltar straight when they defeated the Spanish. It is uncertain if it was actually used despite being built for war.