Re: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Tips FAQ Help Tricks Hints Cheats Strat
The king is UNBEATABLE when attacking your cities, his men get huge attack bonuses for attacking settlments:50% for regular or dragoon and 150% for artillery.
Your only hope is to fight in forests or mountains where you can get defensive bonuses, since the king's men don't get bonuses from terrain.
A little tactic I find useful is to establish a few missions and then take "chief powhatan" as a founding father, he will give all your converted natives +50% to their attack strength, making them equal to a soldier without wasting any gun!
If you like, you can choose "freedom of arms" when declaring independence, which gives 1 extra battle strength to all colonist units- 2(starting strength)+1(freedom of arms)+50%(chief powhatan)=4.5 combat strength for converted natives!!!