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Starts a new colony by transforming into a Town Center. Most civilizations can only have 1 Town Center until the Fortress Age.
—In-game description

The Covered Wagon (Town Travois for Native American civilizations, Town Rickshaw for Asian civilizations) is a special civilian unit in Age of Empires III that builds a Town Center at no cost.


The Covered Wagon can only be shipped from the Home City once the player selects a Home City Card, and can be useful for the player to expand their territory.

On the Nomad map, every player starts with one Covered Wagon.

The Portuguese receive one Covered Wagon at the beginning of each Age as a civilization bonus.

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  • If the player uses their Explorer to start construction of a Town Center and replaces him with a Covered Wagon, the Wagon will resume construction of the Town Center without being consumed in the process.


Covered wagons were so full of food and other supplies that settlers who traveled west could rarely expect to travel inside them. These wagons were so uncomfortable and bumpy that more than a few settlers were happy to walk. The ride could be so bumpy that a butter churn filled with milk at the beginning of the day would have produced butter by the end of the day. Covered wagons traveled about two miles per hour. Until steam-powered trains could reach the frontier, the West was won very slowly.