How do i get big without getting my Science destroyed? (Aka HELP, FRANCE UHV IS MAKING ME INSANE)

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Conquering of Europe could be achieved vassalizing England and Spain in the first turns. And getting all european byz cities after their collapse.
North America require 1 city from aztecs, New Oreleans, Montreal, Detroit, and a couple of well spaced cities in the Great Plains, and let their cultural border expand to second ring.
So I finally cracked legendary culture by 1700! Turns out if you build Del Fiore & Sistine chapel in Paris, you only need two cathedrals bc Del Fiore will sharply increase how often you get great artists in Paris. I didn’t even need to touch the culture slider! Fun quirk from this playthrough: the natives completely overran the Aztecs, so there was nothing to trigger my conquerors. North America was positively swarming with dog soldiers, jaguars, & a few Mohawks, so that any colony I settled would be overran within four turns until I finally opened worldbuilder. Ended up well short of 40% but succeeded with the wonders and now I’m having a blast riding out the game hoping Bismarck doesn’t turn his nuclear bombers on me.
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