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Dyes are luxury resources that make content people happy in cities that are connected to them by a trade route, and can also be traded to other civilizations. Dyes can be found in Jungles and Forests and generate an extra 1 commerce on their squares.

Building a Marketplace in a connected city enhances the happiness bonus provided by Dyes and other luxury resources.


Dyeing is the process of applying colors to fabrics. A human practice for over three thousand years, it enabled the natural white color of silk, wool and cotton to be enhanced with a varied spectrum of color. Natural dyes are created from a myriad of sources, including shells, animals and plants, though these were not always permanent and frequently expensive. Modern dyes are based around artificial or processed substances such as coal and other chemicals. One benefit for a nation with an extensive dye industry is that the processes involved in creating dye can be easily retooled to other purposes. Germany discovered this in World War I when it was determined that factories producing artificial dye could easily be modified to create explosives and other tools of war.

Civilization III Resources





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P: Added in Play the World expansion • C: Added in Conquests expansion
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