The Plantation is an economic building in Age of Empires III that produces Coin. Plantations cost 800 wood to construct and provide infinite Coin for up to ten Settlers/Villagers to harvest (0.5 base rate). Plantations are useful for when mines (0.6 base rate) run out, but they require more villagers for the same output, which is critical when producing expensive units.
Plantations work in a similar way to Mills: tasking more villagers will increase coin output (based on the villagers' gather rate for a plantation). Plantations typically have three upgrades: Bookkeeping, Homesteading, and Refineries, 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%).
|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 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."