The Trabuco Breaks Down Walls For Ancient Warfare

The Trabuco dates back to 400 BC, first developed in China as an effective siege weapon. Chinese armies used it to circumnavigate those pesky walled fortifications everyone was putting up. The Trabuco may have had a simple design, but it was effective. It shamed Roman catapults with its fewer number of working parts, protracted range, mass distribution, and precision.

Arabs first became aware of the Trabuco though Trade. One was procured and transported back to the Middle East where the design was improved. The Arabs would add an extra weight to progress range. Trabuco would be developed just in time for the Crusades, which would bring with them the focus of Europe. Europeans would develop their own to level the battlefield. Richard the Lionheart would construct two massive Trabucos for his invasion of Acre. It would also gain the name blunderbuss, as Europeans would add a counterbalance they call a blunderbuss to the weapon. The counterbalance would permit heftier objects to thrown. Such objects could weigh up to 2000 pounds, graduating Trabucos to the list of weapons of Mass Destruction according to


The Trabuco was indeed an innovation, a breech weapon capable of going through defensive walls. As forces relied on fortifications to protect defensible assets, having a breecher was an effective tool. Retreating armies could find no respite. Point of penetration could now be made anywhere, and not just find relegation with the wooden door that marks the entrance. Armies would also get inventive with the device. Lighting projectiles on fire before launching. The Chinese even stacked dead bodies in their slings, hoping to spread disease within the enemy camps. The Trabcuo would remain the pinnacle of warfare ingenuity until its replacement by firearms. As weapons using gunpowder were developed in the Sixteenth Century, older weapons would become obsolete. The gun would replace the bow and arrow, and the canon would replace counterweight siege weapons. However, the history of the Trabuco would never be replaced.