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|Civilization V - Gods & Kings|
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|How to obtain|
- Can construct a Customs House Great Tile improvement
- Can perform a Trade mission in a City-State; and earned are greater than a normal Great Merchant
- Can Purchase a City-state, adding it to the Venetian Empire
The second unique Great person in the game is vital for Venice, allowing them to expand their Empire peacefully. Since they can't build Settlers, the Venetian merchant is the only way to expand, barring military conquest (or diplomatic tricks).
The unit's name is a reference to the William Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice.