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

Units Edit

Carib blowgunner Carib Blowgunner: Short-ranged missile unit that fires poison darts. Good against infantry.

Technologies Edit

Carib technologies focus on boosting archer damage versus villagers, infantry attack and allowing heroes to train an ambush party.

Age Technology Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer 250 food,
250 coin
Melee infantry and archers get +10% attack
Carib Garifuna Drums Carib Garifuna Drums 150 food,
150 coin
Archers get +1.0x multiplier against villagers
Ages colonial
Carib Ambush Party Carib Ambush Party 200 wood,
200 coin
Heroes can train Carib Ambushers

In-game dialogue Edit

Historically the Caribs spoke their own language, but since the Carib language is now extinct, the closely related Taino/Arawak language is used instead.

  • Guaiba ("go", "leave") or Gwama ("chief of a tribe")
  • Boria ("work")
  • Guazabara ("warrior" or "war")
  • Han ("yes")
  • Bara! ("kill!" or "death!")
  • Ri ("valiant, valor, brave spirit")

History Edit

The Carib people are believed to have migrated from the rainforests of modern Venezuela to several of the more eastern and southern islands in the Caribbean, which takes its name from this tribe. They were skilled dugout canoe builders and had the use of sails. They were the fiercest warriors in the area, adept with the blowgun and bow and arrow. Unlike the more peaceful neighboring tribes they displaced, the Carib culture valued the exploits of warriors most highly. The Spanish tended to avoid Carib-controlled islands after a number of early skirmishes.

Carib cannibalism was reported by Columbus and other Spanish explorers, and may have been part of their religious rituals and war practice. In 1503 Queen Isabella of Spain ruled that cannibals could be taken legally for slaves, providing an incentive to identify potential laborers as such.

By the seventeenth century other European nations wanted the Carib islands for sugar plantations and the local population was almost annihilated. In 1796 the British deported most of the remaining 5,000 Caribs to an island off Honduras. They spread from there into the mainland and survive today in Guatemala and on a reservation in Dominica. Words of Carib origin that remain in common use today include hammock, iguana, and hurricane.

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