I used to believe that buying horses and guns in Europe and selling them to the natives was obvious and something you should do in all games. There are a number of problems with this, though. Taxes Buying guns or horses is expensive, and will rapidly increase your level of taxation. Try playing two games, one in which you buy goods in Europe to sell to the natives and another in which you don't at all to see the difference. I assure you it's quite large. Native Gold I play primarily on small maps due to my laptop being old, and the natives soon run out of gold to trade to you. This happens to me on large maps, too, though not as quickly. If you don't trade horses and/or guns with the natives, you will be able to sell them goods you've produced in your own colonies. Thus you can use your surplus production of goods to trade to the natives and still get their gold. Army the Enemy Hopefully you have good relations with all the tribes. Unfortunately, sometimes war isn't avoidable, and you may find yourself fighting the very people you've been supplying war material to. I've therefore decided that If I'm playing New England and thus probably aiming at a quick victory, I will trade European produced guns and horses to the natives. But as the Dutch, French or Spanish I will not. What are other peoples' views on this?