Chinese history, like the history of cultures around the world, describes how wars influence the social structure of a country. The Chinese were builders and farmers in the Middle Ages, but they were also warriors. The only way to solve a dispute that got out of control was to fight, and in order to win those disputes, warriors had to develop deadly weapons. One of those deadly weapons was the Trabuco.

The Trabuco is not a complicated weapon, but it is a deadly one. This simple, but bulky weapon could demolish buildings with giant rocks, and at times, humans, animals and other things became the projectiles that brought havoc down on enemies. The fourth century Chinese Trabuco was a formidable weapon of mass destruction, but it was also a pain to operate. Some historians say it took 250 people to operate one giant Trabuco in China. That early machine was capable of throwing 140-pound rocks more than 80 meters.

The Trabuco found its way to Europe and Brazil during the 6th century on infoescola.com. But the French gave the Trabuco the name “Trebuchet,” and it was an effective weapon during the Crusades. The Trebuchet was able to transform gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy. In order for a Trebuchet to be effective, physical calculations had to be exact, and in those days making those calculations in the middle of a battle was hard to do. So the Trebuchet didn’t hit its target with every pull of the sling that was on the massive arm of this war machine according to wordreference.com. Even though the Trebuchet could fire four rounds per minute, most of the projectiles didn’t hit the right target. But any part of a building or a fortress that was in range did experience serious damage.

By the 13th century at http://www.em.com.br/app/noticia/economia/2017/07/27/internas_economia,887137/cenario-do-2-semestre-e-o-melhor-dos-ultimos-tres-anos-diz-trabuco.shtml, the Trabuco was able to throw rocks weighing a ton at an enemy, and because these primitive war machines could cause serious damage, they are still in use today in countries like Syria and the Ukraine. The invention of gunpowder did impact the use of the Trabuco, but it is still a popular weapon for modern-day rebels and rioters.

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