Every community, society, and country have some history and if they were colonized, the instruments and weapons they used to fight their colonizers are well kept in the artifacts and museum. The essence of preserving such is to enable the generation that will come have an understanding of how their great-grandparents survived and consequently embrace their culture. In Brazilian artifacts, there is this siege weapon called Trabuco which traces its origin from China.
In times of war, the Trabuco was used to through over almost 140 kilograms of stones to the camp and fortification of the enemies. In addition to throwing relatively heavy weights, it was fast and more accurate to the target not even mentioning its easy making mechanisms. The make of the Trabuco was derived from the same mechanism used in making a catapult and its effectiveness was that it could throw the weight up to a distance of 800 meters. The very first Trabuco were in large sizes commonly known as counterweight blunderbusses and were operated by more than 15 men who usually were guarding their cities against the enemies.
The operational mechanism of Trabuco depended highly on the gravitational potential force which was transformed into kinetic energy. In this tarrying weapon which was seen to be used by Europeans first, the counterweight is directly proportional to the velocity and speed of the weight being projected; the greater the counterweight the stronger the projectile. See This Page for more information.
Before the 11th century, the Trabuco used was capable of throwing 4 shots within a minute which was a thrilling thing by that time, nevertheless, the coordination of the group of people pulling the string was a bit difficult and consequently, the distance they threw was not the same during the shots. In the 13th century, the weapon was made more advanced by Arab Merchants from the Middle East and it developed a capability of throwing up to 400 pounds of stone in a bid of destroying the walls Damietta city in Egypt. This was the Hybrid Trabucos.
During the Muslim – Christian war, known as the Crusades, the Europeans loved the hybrid of this weapon and adapted it to use in their country. This war machine was a very important tool before weapons like guns and bombs came into existence.