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My civilization has acquired an unconnected tile(see picture below).

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How is this possible? Or simply a glitch?

EDIT: zoomed out version

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I'm thinking it's because El Mirador is being squeezed on all sides it some how determined the floating hex was closest available?

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Here are some factors at work

  1. Generally, cultural tile acquisition prioritizes tiles that can be worked by a city. From your screenshots, it looks like there are no available tiles that can be worked by your cities.

  2. Cultural expansion tends to favor tiles with resources. I see coal in the acquired tile.

  3. There is no requirement that all of your territory be contiguous, even new territory acquired through cultural expansion. I have regularly seen civs gain non-contiguous territory through cultural expansion.

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