The tercio as a distinct tactical entity developed gradually over the early 1500’s as the result of efforts to reconcile the inherent limitations of the available weaponry with the conditions of field...
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...t brought those tactics to their full potential. What sets the tercio apart is the set of circumstances particular to the 16th and early 17th centuries: namely, the increasing influence of firearms and the timely demise of heavy cavalry on the battlefield. These factors allowed the tercio to flourish for the lack of competition for nearly two centuries, bringing Europe to a deadlock.
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