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|Civilization V - Gods & Kings|
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|How to obtain|
- Can Purchase a City-state, adding it to the Venetian Empire
- Can construct a Customs House Great Tile improvement
- Can perform a Trade mission in a City-State; Gold and Influence earned are greater than a normal Great Merchant
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 puppeted city-state forever loses its status as a city-state and cannot be liberated, though another civilization can puppet or annex it through war. This ability works on any city-states regardless of influence, even those allied with another civilization.
The merchants operating out of Venice in the 13th through 16th centuries were more than just traders; they were explorers, diplomats, geographers and authors. Besides bringing wealth to the Venetian Republic, they brought back knowledge and culture, and set them down in writing. The exploits of individuals such as Marco Polo, Gasparo Balbi and Ambrogio Contarini not only made Venice rich, but famous as well.
The unit's name is a reference to the William Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice.