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Advanced agricultural improvement. Requires Calendar.
- Constructed on:
- Bananas bonus resource
- +1 Gold; +2 Food, -1 Production for Bananas resource
- +1 additional Food after researching Fertilizer
- +1 Culture with Oral Tradition Religious belief
Plantations allow your empire to make use of a wide variety of luxury resources. They can also be used to improve Bananas resources, but this isn't worth the trouble on many occasions. Even though a Plantation gives +2 Food, building one requires your Workers to cut down the jungle first. As jungle itself provides 1 Food and 1 Production, and the Plantation loses 1 Production, building a Plantation nets only +1 Food, or +1 Production on a hill. At the same time, you will lose the 2 Science potential from the jungle, so consider carefully whether getting 1 extra Food from the tile or 2 Science from the native jungle is more important to you.
A plantation is a fancy name for a farm. It is generally applied to large estates located in semi-tropical or tropical locations, and especially those which grow crops for export rather than for local consumption. The term has acquired an unsavory flavor because of its association with slavery in the United States and the Caribbean, but there's nothing inherently evil about a well-run plantation which employs free workers.