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Coming from Civilization IV I should say that Colonization is a bit different, and I have some difficulties to understand which approach should I follow at the beginning (first 200 hundred years).

  1. Should I try to build many settlements immediately or should I build one or two at maximum?
  2. Which behavior should I take with the natives? They surprised with attacks that I do not expected many times...
  3. Should I always accept tax raising and tax demands or could I say no sometimes?
  4. Should I trade with natives or other country or it is better take goods to Europe?

Any other hints is well accepted.

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Good question! I especially am curious about 3 and 4... –  Svish Aug 13 '10 at 13:34
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It's been a while since I played, but here's what I can contribute on those points:

1- I like to concentrate on one city until I have at least the beginnings of an economy running. If I have a couple of extra colonists not needed for that, or an expert I can't use where I am, I might send them off to grab some particularly valuable resource spot. Silver miners are good for this. Remember that every coastal city is another place you'll need to defend against the King later on.

2- I'm usually peaceful toward the natives, and in fact use their settlements as buffer zones between me and where other Europeans may live. You can get a lot of good stuff sending scouts to meet & greet.

3- Remember that if you say no, the colony will trash a bunch of goods, and you won't be able to trade that again until you build a Customs House. (You still won't be able to buy that good in Europe, but at that point it's not that important.) I generally eat the tax unless it's something I really don't have any interest in trading any longer.

4- I'm kind of lazy and just trade with Europe. Natives don't buy that much stuff and you need to find the village that wants it; often it's easier to sell in Europe and buy some trade goods to fill your ships coming home.

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To clarify a bit, by "beginnings of an economy" I mean the ability to produce significant numbers of any salable manufactured good. Usually this means enough production to keep one expert or two free colonists working in the appropriate building. –  Scott Aug 14 '10 at 0:44
    
Thank you, very helpful. Now I am trying to reach independence, and I will do other questions about. –  Drake Aug 16 '10 at 21:20
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