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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires III. For the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, see Spanish (Age of Empires II).
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The Spanish are a playable European civilization in Age of Empires III.

The Spanish are a European Catholic nation that was the first European country to reach America and create a world empire. They are well known for having defeated and annexed the majority of native civilizations there, especially the Aztecs, Mayas (Mesoamerica) and the Incas (South America). In addition to gaining an immeasurable amount of precious metals of America, especially gold and silver, they also waged several wars with religious excursions in Protestant countries such as the Netherlands and England.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Seville in turquoise

The Spanish are primarily an offensive civilization. They have a strong military and a stable economy, and less experience is required for each Home City shipment. They will only be able to use one Factory and one Fort, unless The Asian Dynasties is played. That expansion gives all European civilizations with only one Factory a second one for balancing purposes.

Features[edit | edit source]

Unique units[edit | edit source]

Aoe3 dog.png War Dog: A fierce canine that obeys commands.
Aoe3 missionary.png Missionary: Heals injured units.
Rodelero icon.png Rodelero: Fast-moving sword and buckler infantry.
Lancer.png Lancer: Heavy cavalry armed with a lance for killing infantry.

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Spanish Home City Cards

Revolutions[edit | edit source]

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • (Yes)
  • ¡Hola! (Hello!)
  • Preparado (Ready)
  • ¿Cuál es su comando? (What is your command?)
  • ¿Cuál es su orden? (What is your order?)
  • ¿Qué me ordena? (What is my order?)
  • Correcto (Correct)
  • Lo haré (I’ll do it)
  • Voy a hacerlo (I’m going to do it)
  • Leñador(a) (Lumberjack)
  • Recolector(a) (Collector)
  • Cazador(a) (Hunter)
  • Abastecedor(a) (Supplier)
  • Granjero/Granjera (Farmer)
  • Constructor(a) (Builder)
  • ¡Al ataque! (Attack!)
  • ¡A las armas! (To arms!)

Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • Estoy herido y no puedo moverme. (I'm hurt and I can’t move.)
  • Gracias por pagar mi rescate. (Thanks for paying my ransom.)
  • Ahora me siento más fuerte. (I feel stronger now.)
  • Reclamo esta tierra en nombre de España. (I claim this land in the name of Spain.)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Spanish flag shown in the game is the Cross of Burgundy Flag, which was used by the Spanish Empire between 1506–1842.
  • Torre Del Oro (the Wonder for the Spanish in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors) reappears in the Spanish Home City.
  • The Cathedral in the Home City of Seville is inaccurately based on the Florence Cathedral. The same cathedral is also depicted in the Portuguese Home City of Lisbon. This has been corrected in the Definitive Edition for the Portuguese, where they get the appropriate Lisbon Cathedral; however, the same model is also reused inaccurately in the Spanish Home City.
  • Before the Definitive Editionthe Spanish were the only civilization that could upgrade their Pikemen beyond the Veteran level.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1492 the combined kingdoms of Aragon and Castile completed the reconquest of Spain, driving the last of the Moors back to North Africa. At this moment the discoveries of Columbus fell into their lap. They followed his first voyage with more that were disappointing at first, revealing new continents but not the Asian source of gold or riches they sought. That changed, however, when first the Aztec and then Incan civilizations were discovered in the interior. Both were destroyed in audacious and brutal campaigns, and looted of enormous treasure.

These conquests revitalized interest in the New World, and Spanish conquistadors searched north and south for more treasure and more civilizations, especially the legendary El Dorado, the city of gold. When these searches proved largely fruitless, the Spanish settled where they found precious metal to be mined, or where surviving native populations could be put to work. Other European nations and assorted pirates began preying on Spanish outposts and returning treasure fleets. While Spain fought endless wars in Europe against Protestantism, it was also engaged in the New World, defending its colonies and sources of wealth.

By the late eighteenth century Spain's opportunity for greatness on a worldwide scale had passed. The wealth it extracted from the New World had largely spent on luxuries and wasteful wars. Spain resisted change and progress at home and abroad. Its colonial system installed a ruling elite over indigenous populations. The costs of maintaining its empire outstripped the income it generated, and one by one the colonies wrested control from Spain. The Spanish fell behind the other contending nations in Europe in economic and military power, and when the French under Napoleon marched in they could offer little organized resistance.
—In-game history section

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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