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The Cree 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.


Cree tracker aoe3de.png Cree Tracker: Cree rifleman with a good line of sight and long range.
Coureur aoe3de.png Cree Coureur des Bois: Expensive but powerful villager who gathers fast.


Cree technologies focus on boosting allied economies and the hit points of all infantry and cavalry.

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning 100 food,
100 coin
Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% hit points
Cree Kinship.png Cree Kinship 125 wood,
125 coin
Native warrior and Cree Coureur des Bois train time -45%
Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship 225 wood,
225 coin
Buildings cost 10% less resources, build time -25%

In-game dialogue[]

The Cree language (also known in the most broad classification as Cree-Montagnais, Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi, to show the groups included within it) is the name for a group of closely related Algonquian languages spoken by approximately 117,000 people across Canada, from the Northwest Territories to Labrador.

  • Select 1 Ki'gway - Ready
  • Select 2 Ta'ntsi? - Commander?
  • Move 1 Da'k'ut'i - I'm going
  • Move 2 Ao'm'esi - I'll do it
  • Attack 1 Iy'uy mai'tch'iyy! - To battle!
  • Attack 2 D'uta - Attack!


The European's earliest knowledge of the Cree placed them in the woodlands around James Bay in Quebec, where they lived in small family groups. From there the Cree gradually spread westward and eventually the lands they occupied stretched from Quebec across the Great Plains to the mountain ranges near the Pacific Ocean. With the arrival of first the French, and later the British, the Cree became engaged in the fur trade. They traded guns to the Blackfeet for the horses they needed to prosper on the plains.

By the nineteenth century the Cree had been drastically reduced by disease, especially smallpox, and recurrent wars with other tribes retreating north to escape white settlers pushing up the Missouri River. With the fur trade dropping off and the buffalo disappearing, Cree leaders began working toward creating a safe homeland. They wanted a large native reserve where they could adapt to the European farming lifestyle, yet live according to their own culture, but the government denied their plan. When other tribes tried to fight, the Cree were swept up in the military action and most were settled on small reserves.

Many Cree in the far north escaped forced settlement and maintained their independent life style well into the twentieth century.