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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires III. For the civilization in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, see Portuguese (Age of Empires II).
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The Portuguese civilization's music theme in the Definitive Edition

The Portuguese are a playable European civilization in Age of Empires III. The Portuguese Empire was a global empire originating from the European nation of Portugal that possessed multiple overseas colonies.

In the New World, the Portuguese controlled a large amount of land in the eastern parts of South America until 1822 (most notably Brazil).

Home City[edit | edit source]

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Homecity Portuguese .png

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Portuguese are one of the more difficult civilizations to play in Age of Empires III due to its relatively slow start. They do begin with one Settler more than any other civilization, for a total of 7. However, they do not have any Settler cards in their decks because of the extra Covered Wagons they receive every time they advance in age. Since the Portuguese receive these Town Centers for free every age, their economy typically becomes stronger as the maximum settler output increases dramatically.

The Portuguese also have a strong navy, ranged infantry, possess the best all around Dragoons in the game (Spanish unction dragoons hit harder but have fewer hit points) and the combat cards their units get in the Industrial Age can make them quite powerful and difficult to beat in longer games. The Portuguese generally try to get to the Fortress Age quickly due to the fact that they are very strong beyond the Commerce Age. The Portuguese can have three Explorers with a Home City Card. If the Explorers are properly upgraded at the Capitol, then they serve as very effective Infantry. Their Organ Guns give them a distinct combat advantage (against infantry, particularly).

Features[edit | edit source]

Unique units[edit | edit source]

Cassador.png Cassador: Skirmisher with low hitpoints, but a strong attack. Good against infantry.
Aoe3 organ gun.png Organ Gun: Artillery that fires multiple projectiles. Better against infantry than buildings.

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Portuguese Home City Cards

Revolutions[edit | edit source]

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • Sim (Yes)
  • Olá (Hello)
  • Preparado/Preparada (Ready)
  • Qual é a sua ordem? (What is your order?)
  • Eu vou (I'm going)
  • Correcto (Correct)
  • Vou executar (I'll carry it out)
  • Vou fazer (I'll do it)
  • Vou atacar! (I'm going to attack!)
  • Ao ataque! (To the attack!)
  • À luta! (To the fight!)

Settler[edit | edit source]

  • Female Build Construtora - Builder (feminine)
  • Male Build Construtor - Builder (masculine)
  • Female Farm Camponesa - Peasant (feminine)
  • Male Farm Camponês - Peasant (masculine)
  • Female Gather Coin Assalariada - Salaried, someone who works for a salary (feminine)
  • Male Gather Coin Assalariado - Salaried, someone who works for a salary (masculine)
  • Female Gather Fruit Forrageiroa - Forager (feminine)
  • Male Gather Fruit Forrageiro - Forager (masculine)
  • Female Gather Meat Caçadora - Huntress
  • Male Gather Meat Caçador - Hunter
  • Female Gather Wood Lenhadora - Lumberjack (feminine)
  • Male Gather Wood Lenhador - Lumberjack (masculine)

Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • Claim Eu reclamo esta terra em nome de Portugal! - I claim this land in the name of Portugal!
  • Disabled Estou ferido, não me posso mexer - I'm wounded, I can't move
  • Ransomed Obrigado por teres pago o resgate - Thanks for having paid my ransom
  • Revived Já me sinto mais forte - I'm feeling stronger already

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Portuguese flag shown in the game is the flag that was used between 1706–1750 and 1826–1830 by the Portuguese Empire.
    • According to conceptual artworks and the Age of Empires III User's Manual, the Portuguese flag in the game would be the same flag used by the Portuguese Empire between 1830–1910.
  • The Tower Of Belém is reused for a Wonder for the Portuguese in The African Kingdoms.
  • The Portuguese and the Dutch are the only civilizations to make no appearance in the Age of Empires III campaign.
  • The Cathedral in the Home City of Lisbon is inaccurately based on the Florence Cathedral. The same cathedral is also depicted in the Spanish Home City of Seville. This has been corrected in the Definitive Edition, where the cathedral is based on the Lisbon Cathedral; however, the same model is also reused inaccurately in the Spanish Home City.
  • Alongside the Cumans of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the Atlanteans of Age of Mythology : The Titans, the Portuguese are the only civilization in the franchise that can get another Town Center one age earlier.
  • The Portuguese AI personality appears as one of the AI player names of the Portuguese in Age of Empires II: The African Kingdoms.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1492 Portugal was a tiny nation of one million people perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Cut off from trade to the eastern Mediterranean by the Venetians and Ottomans, they had turned south seeking a source for the spices and gold that appeared in the markets of North Africa. By the mid-fourteenth century they had discovered several island groups in the Atlantic that they settled and planted with sugar. Under the sponsorship and support of Prince Henry, they built up their knowledge of seafaring and continued edging their way down the coast of Africa. By 1487 they had reached the southern tip of the continent, and in ten years they reached the long sought goal of India.

By accident they had discovered Brazil when blown off course and within a few decades they had a colony there collecting Brazil wood (for its dyes) and growing sugar. Portuguese navigators were very active in the further discovery of the Americas and one of their pilots, Ferdinand de Magellan, began a circumnavigation of the world in 1519 in the service of Spain. Leaving most of the New World to Spain by mutual agreement, they concentrated on their trading with the East Indies. They built trading stations at key points in Africa, India, and Malaysia, and enjoyed some very profitable years.

Their monopoly on Atlantic trade to the Indies was short-lived. They fell temporarily under Spanish rule in the late sixteenth century, which opened their shipping to attack by the Protestant Dutch and the English. Both of these enemies set up trading companies to compete in the East Indies, which came to dominate the market. Gradually the Portugese lost their lead in seafaring and fell behind other nations in technology and trade. Eventually their power and influence waned to the point that they needed a British military presence to stave off conquest by Napoleonic France.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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