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The Crescent, The Cross And The Trabuco

During the Middle Ages there was a time when an epic conflict had erupted. The Muslim and Christian faiths were locked in an all-consuming struggle to determine who would win the Holy Land of Jerusalem. This war was so vast and such a huge event that it literally lasted for hundreds of years. It impacted millions of lives in Europe, Asia and Northern Africa.

The Great Crusades were fought with religious fever, elite forces, vast armies, battle lust, holy temperament and war machines of great magnitude. The trabuco was a main weapon during the crusades. It helped both sides to attack and defend positions. It helped both sides to win victories and to lay claim to glory.

The trabuco is known as the trebuchet and it is a weapon to be reckoned with. The trabuco was created in China around 500 B.C. Since that time, it made its way across Europe. By 1100 A.D. nearly every major army on the Earth had a trabuco in its arsenal according to This weapon had the ability to launch massive projectiles at enemy forces. It could be used to hurl fiery pitch from hundreds of meters away. It could also be used to defend against invading forces with large stone boulders that would smash enemies below.


The trabuco was the world’s great artillery machines of the past according to They were frequently used to bring down cities, to crumble fortresses and to break apart the strongholds that could be forged by man. During the crusades the great leaders of the conflict used trabucos to defend their positions and onslaught the enemy.

Some of the most famous battles of the Crusades were fought with the aid of the trabuco. The Battle of Harrin, the Siege of Acre and the First Battle of Ramla were all fought with the trabuco. Hundreds of them were erected and launched at enemies. Crews worked furiously around the clock to ensure that the enemy would feel the wrath of their siege engines. The trabucos made a difference for all factions involved within the Crusades. At one point in time during the Crusades, each side could honestly say that the trabuco helped them to gain victory.

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The History of the Trabuco; One Of The Middle Ages’ Most Dangerous Weapons

As it made it’s way from culture to culture in the Middle Ages, the weapon itself saw the application of many various names over the centuries, yet no artillery at the time was considered quite as dangerous as the Trabuco.

Known as the Trebuchet in European countries, to which it had made its way by 600 B.C., it is commonly believed that the Trabuco was first invented in China two hundred years before, during the mongol invasion according to At the time, the weapon was developed to combat the invaders having held up in a conquered Chinese city. The development of two further Trabuco were assisted by two Persian designers, which cast some historically driven questions on the invention of the weapon as some believe weapons developers in the Middle East had the knowledge and technology to construct the Trabuco years before they were used in China according to This is further proposed by the fact that the Chinese word for the weapon is the same as that of the word for Muslim.

When the Trabuco made its way to Europe, it adopted both style and name changes. The Trabuco developed by the Chinese was man powered and known as the Traction Trebuchet, while the Counterweight Trebuchet, which uses a counterweight to activate the balancing mechanism. was developed from the Traction based weapons designs. The first historically instance of the counterweight Trabuco being used comes from writings of Saladin’s conquests. From that time, the Trabuco began seeing use in battles of kingdom rivalry, and during The Crusades.

During The Crusade period, the Trabuco saw employment as one of historical warfares first distributors of germ warfare, as both sides would use the weapon to lob corpses infected with the plague into enemy camps in hopes of initiating an outbreak. Both the Spaniard and Brazilian armies made use of the Trabuco in unique ways as well, loading the weapon’s sling with various random projectiles to launch in a shotgun like fashion at their enemies. Spain is also where the Trabuco gained itself the moniker. However useful in siege combat, though, the weapon died out upon the introduction of gunpowder and cannons in warfare.

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