Who invented the blunderbuss?
Historical record doesn’t target a single inventor. The blunderbuss, an early shotgun, spread around the world, much like the lead balls from its flared muzzle.
Its name, however, points to the Dutch, as it comes from ‘donderbus’, or thunder tube. And, although not all that effective, it certainly made a racket as it sprayed shot at close range. Though it was around earlier, the blunderbuss peaked in the 18th century. The wide opening made reloading easier, appealing to cavalry, carriage drivers and ship-boarding parties. That’s why we now so readily associate the blunderbuss with pirates.
There was a handgun-sized version too, the dragon, which became such a favourite among mounted infantry that they became known as dragoons.