Re: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Tips FAQ Help Tricks Hints Cheats Strat
Here's a tiny tip-
Colinization is a econimic game... so it really depends on which country you choose. Do you want to jumpstart ahead with the Dutch in the early game? (That Merchantman is pretty good at the beginning where you are rescourceless.) Or do you want to have a developed land that has great indutrial value? (That hardy pioneer sure comes in handy!) Do you want to beat up the natives for treasure? (Arrgh! Conquistedors!) And the last option, do you want to have high rebel values?
Problem is, most people don't focus on the beginning. You need to choose where your attributes are going to work best, like the French building where silver is so they can build a mine and then you put an expert silver miner there and bam! You have instant money. Really don't just flaunt with that beginning. It's too important.