|This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For the trade unit in Age of Mythology, see Caravan (Age of Mythology).|
Caravan greatly increases the gold generation through trade with the added benefit that raids against trade routes are much less effective. Thus, in team games, Caravan is a mandatory technology if Gold Mines are depleted.
Civilization bonuses Edit
- Chinese: Caravan is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
“Trade quickly rose from a simple peasant taking his cart to market to more sophisticated enterprises of multiple carts or baggage animals traveling between cities. Caravans of trade packhorses or other conveyances were more efficient because they were easier to manage and guard over long distances. The word caravan is derived from Persian and usually refers to trade parties traversing deserts or hostile regions. The most famous caravan trade route of the Middle Ages was the Silk Road from China to Constantinople or the eastern Mediterranean coast.”—The Conquerors manual
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