|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||3500|
|Use||Has Plantations that provide infinite coin source|
The Plantation is a building in Age of Empires III where commercial crops are grown, producing coin for the civilization that owns it. Plantations cost 800 Wood to construct and they don't produce coin as quickly as mining, but they are infinite. They are useful for when mines run out, but they require more villagers for the same output, which is critical when producing expensive units.
Plantations work the same way as Mills: up to ten Villagers can work on one, and tasking more villagers will increase coin output (based on the villagers' gather rate for a plantation). Plantations typically have three upgrades, each one increasing the gather rate (10%, 20% and 30% respectively).
Most civilizations that can build plantations also have the Advanced Plantation card, which lowers the wood cost by 31% and allows them to be built in any age. The cost can be lowered by another 40% by means of the Land Grab card for a total discount of 71% (resulting in a cost of 232 wood), but only if Land Grab is sent before Advanced Plantation - when shipping the cards in the other order the total cost is 331 wood, i.e. a total discount of only 58.6%. (This difference results from hidden, different discount types the two cards use).
The Home City Cards which boost gather rates for plantations are Economic Theory (10%), Rum Distillery (20%), Cigar Roller (20%), Textile Mill (25%) and Royal Mint (25%).
Three upgrades are available at the Plantation: Bookkeeping, Homesteading, and Refineries, all of which increase gold gathering rate. Excessive Taxation, which can be found at the Capitol, also helps Villagers gather faster from Plantations.
Providable Improvements Edit
|Settlers gather Coin from Plantations 10% faster.|
|Settlers gather Coin from Plantations 20% faster.|
|Settlers gather Coin from Plantations 30% faster.|
|List of Plantation related home city cards|
The following home city cards are available to every civilization:
"A plantation is a large farm where crops are cultivated. They were common in the southern United States as well as in parts of the Caribbean. Many historical plantations used slave labor. In the United States, plantations are associated with a distinct type of architecture known as the Plantation House."