The Legend That Is Trabuco

Though the original design of this legendary weapon was based on the heavily popular, and widely used “sling” it soon began getting modifications and advances to assist in its usage as a siege weapon. The first written proof of this weapon being used was by an Islamic scholar by the name of Mardi Al-Tarsusi.

Al-Tarsusi claimed these weapons were invented by “unbelieving demons”, which many believe he was speaking of the Christian crusaders according to This belief was inspired by the proof that Al-Tarsusi showed a dislike and simple hatred of these crusaders in his earlier manuscripts.

In the historical records from 1268, the counterweight trabucos were introduced during an attack established by the Mongols on Fancheng and Xiangyang. During this battle, the Mongols were able to defeat their opposition but remained unable to capture the cities. Until two Persian engineers build the counter Trabuco which soon turned these cities to ruble. The Trabuco was then adopted by other countries and civilizations such as Byzantine empire, Persians, and as well as other Scandinavian and Nordic tribes.


The construction of these mammoth machines took up to 12 days to build, depending on the size of the weapon. Thought there was a large variety of these weapons made, from smaller single man trabucos to larger varieties that took up to forty-five men to operate. Another adaptation made for the Trabuco was the ammunition used. This was the weapon that introduced the idea of chemical warfare. Some armies would use the dead bodies of their opposing army, making sure the bodies were infected with other diseases in hopes of spreading the disease in the city in hopes of breaking moral and causing mass genocide.

The final usage of the Trabuco was in 1521 in an attack on Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital according to This was the final military mission involving the Trabuco, finally being replaced by the invention the canon for siege use. Though it was an extraordinary weapon used for hundreds of years, civilization advances and so does the technology for both civilian and military uses.


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