A Fancy Machine In The Days Of The Crusades

In ancient times, during the Middle Ages, there was a machine that was used to launch attacks against the holdings hidden behind the walls of the compounds of other armies.

Trabuco, or Balancing Trabuco, could launch projectiles the size of an average person, roughly 140 pounds, at a relatively high rate of speed. This was used disproportionately during the Crusades, which were military expeditions begun largely by Western European Christians in response what they perceived to be Muslim expansion.

The whole idea was to slow, or ideally halt the proliferation of Islam. Control of the Holy Land in the Eastern Mediteranean was the goal, as well as to conquer any pagan enclaves and to recapture what were once Christian territories according to dicio.com.br. Trabuco was instrumental in these battles, and working with a transference from counter weighing potential energy to kinetic energy, the weight used on the load side was directly proportional as to how far their ammunition, normally boulders, would travel.

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It was kind of revolutionary in these times and the theory behind the Trabuco is nearly identical to that of the catapult. There are different types of Trabuco, and the Tensile Trabuco was another commonly used version during these times. Although this version could launch greater weight a longer distance, there were great man hours that needed to go into building it, not many were made. Coordinating to hit targets was not easy with such a mammoth machine, and at times there would be breakdowns where the ammunition would fail to be launched at all.

During these times, Trabuco was a game-changer. Although this part of the world has been a blur of religious wars for many, many years, the restlessness continues, so what was started so many years ago, and that which Trabuco helped advance the agenda of, continues today. Trabuco machines used to fight have gotten infinitely more sophisticated, the motive of religious domination has largely remained the same.

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