Yucatán is the peninsula in southern Mexico which juts out into the sea, separating the Caribbean from the Gulf of Mexico. It is the home of many civilizations, most notably the Maya, and it was conquered by the Aztecs after they built their capital Tenochtitlan.
Age of Empires II Edit
In Age of Empires II, Yucatán was introduced as a random map that features plenty of food resources, more huntable animals near the Town Center, more Berry Bushes and more herdables and also large jungle forests.
Yucatan allows for massive fights due to its unusually rich resource deposits. It often ends in a big battle between two strong Imperial Age civilizations such as the Spanish or Byzantines, in which superior (and costly) units coupled with massive assaults make or break games.
Age of Empires III Edit
To the east and west of the map is two ocean coasts, with each player starting alternatively on the right or left.
In 1v1, control of the player's own ocean is easy to establish, but control of your enemy's ocean would put you in a favorable position, enabling you to attack at the heart of your opponent's colony.
Players will find a Native settlement near their starting positions, and the Trade Route (with either 2 or 3 trade sites) runs through the center of the map. The Native villages in Yucatán are: Maya and Aztec (Aztecs were replaced by Zapotecs in The War Chiefs expansion)
All resources are plentiful on this map, but an addition of naval combat may deplete mines quickly. Use the ocean to fish and go whaling.
- Herds: Capybara (400 ), Tapir (500 )
- Water: Salmon (500 ), Humpback Whale (Infinite each)
- Mines: Silver Mine (2000 )
Treasure Guardians found here are:
"The Yucatan peninsula is bordered on the north and west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. The peninsula is a large shelf of land that projects eastward out of the main body of Central America. The entire region is hot, with northern areas drier than the southern areas. Turkeys, jaguars, coatimundis, and tapirs are found among the palms, mangroves, and wide variety of broadleaf vegetation found in the tropical rainforests.
The thick canopy of the tropical forests is broken by the jutting of man-made stone mountains - the ruins of the ancient Maya civilization. One of the most remarkable sites is the city of Chichen Itza, mysteriously abandoned by the Maya around 1400 CE after 1,000 years of settlement and about 100 years before their first encounters with the Spanish. During the spring and fall equinox, at the great pyramid in the middle of Chichen Itza, a shadow appears on the tall steps, appearing like a serpent ascending the stairs. Little is known about why the Maya suddenly abandoned this city."
- Note: The peninsula is also featured in Act I: Blood, during The Ottoman Fort, though it bears little similarity to its skirmish counterpart.