|Humbaraci Corps was one of the divisions of the Ottoman Army. This
corps was responsible the cast of bronze cannons, called as humbara. Humbaraci of
citadels were named as "timarli" and the humbaracis, bounded to the artillery
were named as "ulufeli". Humbaraci Corps aroused in the 16th century
after an artillery commander Mustafa had cast the first bronze cannon.
In the 18th century, the Humbaraci Corps reformed under the command of Humbaraci Ahmed Pasha. In 1731, Ahmed Pasha designed a reform project and two years later he established new Humbaraci Corps in Uskudar. 300 candidates of Ulufeli Humbaraci from Bosnia and 300 from different regions elected and they were begun to be educated. They were grouped in 25 and sent to Istanbul for training.
In 1783, grand vizier Halil Hamid Pasha renovated the corps again. In 1792, their privileges were extended and under the command of Ahmed Pasha they became the most disciplined unit of the Ottoman Army.
In the following years, disorders and defects in the Kapikulu Corps effected the Humbaraci Corps. During Vaka-i Hayriye (Pleasant Event), in 1826 Humbaracis supported the government. Humbaraci Corps was abolished during the reforms of Mahmud II, but its presence continued until the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II.
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