Oh, my mistake. I never really checked to see if i ever actually got more gold from my caravans, kinda just assumed that it did. I guess that's what i get for skipping through everything . I forgot that Zulu got +50% gold production, that alone could tip the scale in their favor, but first i gotta try a game with them. I assume you picked Spain as your other choice because of the exploration cash bonus? I've never played as them, is it really that useful? or is there some other reason you picked them?