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Native American Tribes in Colonization

There are eight different native tribes in Sid Meier’s Colonization. Here you get the chance to learn a little bit more about them.. First there is a short description of the tribe as seen in the Colonization manual, and then there’s some additional information on type of settlements they have and what skills they usually teach in America.

There are three types of settlements: Cities, Villages and Camps.

Cities: Have a radius of 2 land squares, so beware of this if you are establishing colonies nearby. Cities are well defended, have a large population, yields larger treasures, and are very good for trade

Villages: Well defended, but smaller population than cities. Medium treasure yield. Good for trade.

Camps: Poorly defended, small population. Not as good for trade.

Note that native capitals are usually the best places to go when trading with the natives. Capitals have a great influence on the rest of the tribe, so if you are alarming their capital, it will spread throughout the entire tribe.

Arawak
Aztec
Inca
Tupi
Cherokee
Iroquois
Sioux
Apache
The eight different native tribes in Colonization.

 

Arawak

“The Arawak represent the island-dwelling cultures of the Caribbean—those first encountered by Columbus. These were friendly natives who at first welcomed the invaders with open arms and generosity. After extremely cruel treatment at the hands of the Spaniards, however, they became quite vicious.”

Type of settlements: Villages
Probable specialist skills in America: Sugar Planters, Fishermen
Smaller chance for these skills: -

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Aztec

“The Aztec represent all the advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica. They built magnificent stone cities on floating islands in tremendous lakes. Large pyramids served as backdrops for religious ceremonies. The Aztec and their subjects were warlike peoples with a long heritage of art and culture.”

Type of settlements: Cities
Probable specialist skills in America: Silver Miners, Farmers, Fishermen,
Smaller chance for these skills: Sugar Planters, Ore Miners

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Inca

“The Inca represent the advanced civilizations of western South America. The peoples of the Andes and coastal plains were highly skilled builders and farmers. Their cities were made without mortar of any type; instead huge stones were carved and fitted carefully together to form structures that still stand today. Evidence of advanced farming techniques and scientific experimentation indicates that the Inca were one of the most agriculturally advanced civilizations that ever existed.”

Type of settlements: Cities
Probable specialist skills in America: Silver Miners, Ore Miners, Fishermen, Farmers,
Smaller chance for these skills: Weavers

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Tupi

“The Tupi represent various jungle-dwelling coastal communities of the Amazon Basin and eastern South America. Primarily stone-age peoples, they were able to scrape a quite productive lifestyle from their jungle habitat. The Tupi participated in ritual cannibalism as a source of protein, which was rare in their jungle environment. The Europeans, of course, viewed this as evidence of base savagery.”

Type of settlements: Camps
Probable specialist skills in America: Sugar Planters, Scouts, Cotton Planters
Smaller chance for these skills: Fur Trappers, Tobacco Planters

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Cherokee

“The Cherokee represent the Woodlands Indians of the southeastern areas of North America. These were some of the most highly developed civilizations existing in America at the time of the European Invasion. Unlike the Aztec and Inca peoples, they were not builders of vast stone structures and cities, but tenders of forests. They lived in harmony with the animals and plants of their environment, almost as if they sprang from the ground themselves. Other tribes represented by the Cherokee include Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole.”

Type of settlements: Villages
Probable specialist skills in America: Cotton Planters, Fishermen, Ore Miners, Scouts
Smaller chance for these skills: Tobacco Planters, Farmers, Fur Traders

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Iroquois

“The Iroquois are analogous to the northeastern Woodlands Indians. Traditionally, the Iroquois and Cherokee are similar. They had similar dwellings, religious beliefs, and cultural icons. The Iroquois, however, developed an elaborate democratic government that in many ways formed the basis for the US Constitution. They were a coalition of as many as six different tribes with elected representatives and mutual protection agreements. These tribes included Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and later, Tuscarora.”

Type of settlements: Villages
In America, probable specialist skills: Fur Trappers, Farmers, Scouts
Smaller chance for these skills: Cotton Planters, Tobacco Planters, Fishermen, Ore Miners

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Sioux

“The Sioux represent the Indians of the Great Plains in the northwestern areas of North America. These peoples, like the Cherokee, were from highly developed cultures. They were nomads that followed buffalo herds. Often called the world’s best light cavalry, Sioux warriors were highly talented horsemen. They obtained the horse from the Spanish in the early 1500s, and by the time of their first encounters with other Europeans, were formidable mounted warriors. The Sioux relied upon the horse to such an extent that their culture is often called a “horse culture.”

Type of settlements: Camps
Probable specialist skills in America: Tobacco Planters, Fur Trappers, Scouts
Smaller chance for these skills: Farmers

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Apache

“The Apache are representative of the great nations of the American Southwest. They were civilized nomads with advanced agricultural techniques. Fierce warriors, the Apache were among the last tribes to be subdued by the invaders. Their entire culture was transformed by the fight for survival with Europeans. They became desert wanderers in an attempt to remain untouchable by European military tactics, which centered upon destruction of military bases.”

Type of settlements: Camps
In America, probable specialist skills: Cotton Planters, Farmers
Smaller chance for these skills: Sugar Planters, Tobacco Planters

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Also check out: Cooperating with the Natives