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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For the trade unit in Age of Mythology, see Caravan (Age of Mythology).
Caravan
CaravanII
Availability
Introduced in ConquerorsIcon The Conquerors
Civilization All civilizations
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Researched at Market-logo Market
Required Research Cartography Cartography
Research Time 40 seconds
Research Cost
Food 200
Gold 200
Effect
Effect Trade Carts and Trade Cogs move 50% faster

Caravan is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that can be researched at the Market once Cartography is researched and the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Trade Carts and Trade Cogs to gather gold more quickly by moving 50% faster.

Having Caravan is very good way to gather gold in the later part of the game, when mine deposits are sparse or depleted, and also makes raids against Trade Carts less effective.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Caravan is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.

History Edit

"Trade quickly rose from a simple peasant taking his cart to market to more sophisticated enterprises of multiple carts or baggage animals traveling between cities. Caravans of trade packhorses or other conveyances were more efficient because they were easier to manage and guard over long distances. The word caravan is derived from Persian and usually refers to trade parties traversing deserts or hostile regions. The most famous caravan trade route of the Middle Ages was the Silk Road from China to Constantinople or the eastern Mediterranean coast."

The Conquerors manual
Economic Technologies (Age of Empires II)

Town Center: I: Loom II: Wheelbarrow III: Hand Cart
Dock: III: Gillnets
Lumber Camp: II: Double-Bit Axe III: Bow Saw IV: Two-Man Saw
Mill: II: Horse Collar III: Heavy Plow IV: Crop Rotation
Mining Camp: II: Gold MiningStone Mining III: Gold Shaft MiningStone Shaft Mining
Market: II: CartographyCoinage III: BankingCaravan IV: Guilds

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