A Cherokee settlement, with eagle soaring overhead
Age of Empires III
ContinentNorth America
Unique UnitsCherokee Rifleman
TechnologiesCherokee Warrior Societies
Champion Cherokee
Cherokee War Dance
Sequoyah's Cherokee Syllabary
Cherokee Basket Weaving
New England
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The Cherokee are a minor Native American civilization featured in Age of Empires III.


The Cherokee are available as allies on the Bayou, Carolina, Ozarks, and New England maps. Once a Trading Post is built at their camp, a player can recruit Cherokee Riflemen and research available upgrades.


Cherokee upgrades focus on boosting allied economies and the speed of all native warriors. The settlement also possesses the basic upgrades for Cherokee riflemen.

Cherokee War Dance (Discovery Age): Improves native warrior speed by 20%.
Cost:200 Wood, 200 Coin

Sequoyah's Cherokee Syllabary (Discovery Age): Sends a shipment of 4 Settlers.
Cost: 200 Wood, 200 Coin

Cherokee Basket Weaving (Discovery Age): Dock, Market, Mill, and Plantation improvements have their wood cost removed.
Cost: 100 Food, 100 Coin

Cherokee Warrior Societies (Fortress Age): Cherokee attack and HP raised by 25%.
Cost: 200 Wood, 150 Coin

Cherokee Champions (Industrial Age): Cherokee attack and hitpoints raised by 40%.
Cost: 400 Wood, 300 Coin


  • The basket weaving upgrade is extremely useful if using a water boom strategy, as economic upgrades will not cut into wood stockpiles used for training more fishing boats.
    • The upgrade is also useful for the Indians due to their villagers costing wood.
  • All native tribes can only be upgraded to Legendary/Exalted status at the Town Center or Capitol, they can be upgraded to Elite/Disciplined or Champion/Honored for free through some Home City shipments.
  • Civilizations can remove the upgrade gold costs, or cut the upgrade costs in half depending on their home city cards.

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Cherokee, which is related to the languages of the Iroquois.

Allasadi (attack)
Di ga ti lvs di (attack)

History Edit

"In 1492 the Cherokee were a relatively peaceful agricultural people living in villages around the southern Appalachian Mountains in parts of eight modern states, one of which, Tennessee, takes its name from one of their villages. Their principal crops were corn, beans, and squash, and the first Europeans to encounter them were amazed at the extent of their farms and neatness of their villages. They were devastated by disease carried by the De Soto expedition in the 1540s, and later smallpox epidemics in the eighteenth century.

They grew more warlike as trade with Europeans changed their economy and the displacement of other tribes into their lands increased hostility. Then the inevitable encroachment of white settlers from the coast led to the familiar litany of treaties, broken promises, war, and retribution. In an attempt to preserve some of their lands, the Cherokee Nation adopted a constitution modeled after that of the United States, established a boundary with the Americans, developed their own alphabet, published a newspaper, built schools, and established a court system.

When gold was discovered on Cherokee lands in 1828 they were doomed. Despite winning two Supreme Court cases upholding their treaties, the federal government under Andrew Jackson refused to enforce the decisions and allowed whites to continue stealing Cherokee property and lands. Eventually the Cherokee gave up and accepted a cash payment to move to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. The march west, known as the Trail of Tears, was a disaster. After reestablishing themselves and growing somewhat prosperous once more, the majority of the tribe sided with the Confederacy and seceded in 1861. At the Civil War's end, the US government declared all treaties with the Cherokee void. Eventually most of their land in Oklahoma was lost as well, although some attempts at compensation were made in the twentieth century.


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