The Cherokee are a Native American tribe featured in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

The Cherokee are available on the Bayou, Carolina, Ozarks, and New England maps.


Cherokee Rifleman: Ranged infantry similar to Skirmisher with higher hit points and shorter range, effective against heavy infantry. Up to 13 may be trained per settlement.


Cherokee upgrades focus on boosting allied economies and the speed of all native warriors.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Cherokee War Dance
Cherokee War Dance 200 wood, 200 coin Native Warriors get +20% speed
Ages discovery
Sequoyahs Cherokee Syllabary
Sequoyah's Cherokee Syllabary 200 wood, 200 coin Ships 4 Settlers
Ages discovery
Cherokee Basket Weaving
Cherokee Basket Weaving 100 food, 100 coin Dock, Market, Mill, and Plantation improvements cost no Wood
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Cherokee Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Cherokee 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Champion

Usefulness Edit

  • Cherokee Basket Weaving 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.

In-game dialogue Edit

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

  • Ousakago
  • Osiyo (hello)
  • Ayisu
  • Adusali
  • 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.