Adam Smith (1723-1790), better known as the Father of Modern Economics, penned several texts pertaining to Economic theory, including “The Wealth of Nations”, his most famous text. As soon as Adam Smith joins the Continental Congress, the player is allowed to build factories, which produce 1.5 units of manufactured goods for each unit of raw material consumed.
Jacob Fugger II (1459-1525) was an extremely wealthy German merchant and banker who amassed a fortune with family partnerships and stock holdings in the mining industries. As soon as Jacob Fugger joins the Continental Congress, all Boycotts currently in effect are dropped.
Peter Minuit (1580-1638) bought what later became known as Manhattan Island from Native Americans for about 60 Dutch guilders. He later colonized the Delaware Bay area as well. As soon as Peter Minuit is elected to the Continental Congress, the Indians no longer demand payment for their land.
Peter Stuyvesant (1592-1672) was appointed Governor General of the New Netherlands, which, after a British invasion he could not stop, became New York. With the election of Peter Stuyvesant, the construction of custom houses becomes possible.
Jan de Witt (1625-1672) was a great Dutch statesman. He represented the merchants and encouraged industry and commerce. He also negotiated several important treaties for the Dutch to end wars with England. As soon as Jan de Witt is a member of the Continental Congress, trade with foreign colonies becomes possible.
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was one of the greatest explorers to navigate the globe. Magellan was first to circumnavigate the globe and cross the Pacific Ocean. Magellan's election to the Continental Congress increases the movement of all naval vessels by one, and the time to sail between Europe and the New World is reduced.
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado (1510-1554) was the first European explorer to see the Grand Canyon. Though he never found the golden cities he searched for, his mapping of the area now called the south-western US was important to further exploration. As soon as Francisco de Coronado joins
the Continental Congress, all existing colonies become visible on the map.
Hernando de Soto (1496-1542) was the first European to explore Florida and the south-eastern US. He also held a prominent role in conquests of Central America. If Hernando de Soto is a member of the Continental Congress, the exploration of Lost City Rumours always yields a positive result, and all land units have an extended sight radius.
Henry Hudson (1565-1611) was an English navigator who explored and mapped a large area of the north-eastern North American continent. Many waterways in that region are named in his honour. His original goal was to find the famed Northwest Passage. The election of Henry Hudson to the Continental Congress doubles the output of all Fur Trappers.
Robert La Salle (1643-1687) was the first European to travel the length of the Mississippi river, while on a mission to set up numerous trading posts along its banks. He later claimed the whole basin as Louisiana in honor of the French King. Later, he explored several of the Great Lakes. If Robert La Salle is a member of the Continental Congress, all colonies gain a stockade as soon as their population reaches three colonists.
Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) was a famed Spanish conquistador who overthrew the Aztec Empire and claimed Mexico for Spain. As soon as Hernán Cortés joins the Continental Congress, conquered native settlements always yield treasure (and in greater abundance) and the King's galleons transport it free of charge.
George Washington (1732-1799) was the general who lead the colonial army to victory over the British to gain independence for the colonies. This victory and his leadership led to his being named the new nation's first President. If George Washington is a member of the Continental Congress, any soldier or dragoon who wins a combat is automatically upgraded to the next possible level.
Paul Revere (1734-1818) was the famed rider of colonial America who mounted his horse and rode through the countryside alerting colonists that British soldiers were coming. He was captured during the ride and later released when his captors believed they were in grave danger and their prisoner might slow them down. With Paul Revere a member of the Continental Congress, a colonist automatically takes up any stockpiled muskets and defends an otherwise undefended colony if it is attacked.
Francis Drake (1542-1596) was a great English sea captain, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and a hero in the fights against the Spanish Armada. The presence of Francis Drake in the Continental Congress increases the combat strength of all Privateers by 50%.
John Paul Jones (1741-1792) was hailed as a great sea captain in America, and uttered the famous words "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight" while fighting the British at sea. He later watched his ship sink to the bottom of the ocean from the deck of a British vessel. As soon as John Paul Jones is elected to the Continental Congress, a Frigate is added to your colonial navy for free.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a powerful voice of patriotism, was credited with writing the Declaration of Independence. He later became the 3rd President of the US. The election of Thomas Jefferson to the Continental Congress increases Liberty Bell production in colonies by 50%.
Pocahontas (1595-1617) was a peacemaker between early Jamestown settlers and the Native Americans. She is credited with sending food and other supplies to starving colonists there during harsh times. She later converted to Christianity and married an Englishman. When Pocahontas joins the Continental Congress, all tension levels between you and natives are removed and Indian alarm is generated half as fast.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) inspired colonists with his pen at the urging of Benjamin Franklin. He published a pamphlet, "Common Sense", guiding the thoughts of patriots all over the colonies. The election of Thomas Paineto the Continental Congress increases Liberty Bell production in all your colonies by the value of the current tax rate.
Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) is remembered as a great leader in the struggle for South American independence from Spain. Bolívar freed what is now Venezuela and later became its first President. When Simón Bolívar joins the Continental Congress, the Sons of Liberty membership in all existing colonies is increased by 20%.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), a heavy contributor to the Declaration of Independence, was one of the voices of the Revolution. He travelled extensively between Europe and the colonies, and gained the support of the French in the war. As soon as Benjamin Franklin is elected to the Continental Congress, the King's foreign wars no longer have effect on relationships in the New World, and Europeans in the New World always over peace in negotiations.
William Brewster (1567-1644) was the Puritan leader of the Plymouth colony in New England. As soon as William Brewster joins the Continental Congress, criminals or indentured servants no longer appear on the docks and you can select which immigrant in the recruitment pool to move to the docks.
William Penn (1644-1718), a close friend of the Duke of York, was granted the land that is mostly Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. He governed the Quaker colony for several years to provide a haven to fellow Quakers. The election of William Penn increases cross production in all colonies by 50%.
Father Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) befriended the Huron Indians and converted many to Christianity. He died at the hands of the Iroquois who had finally defeated their enemy, the Hurons. With Jean de Brebeuf a member of the Continental Congress, all missionaries function as experts.
Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda (1781-1872) was a Spanish theologian who spoke out for the conquest of Indian lands and forced evangelization of the natives. The election of Juan de Sepulveda to the Continental Congress increases the chance that a subjugated Indian settlement will convert and join a colony.
Bartolomé de las Casas (1474-1566) was a Catholic Priest who travelled the Indies converting Indians and chastising Spain for their treatment of the Natives. When Bartolomé de las Casas joins the Continental Congress, all existing Indian converts become free colonists.
Damn, I miss some of them a lot!
Coling since 1994... :)
Ah good old Fathers - nice post This is why I wanted to do the LooF mod!
There is strategy, balance, and relevance in each one. You brought in a father to give a in-game bonus that was relevant to what they acheived in their lifetime. I call it game design
Now I look back though some are certainly stronger and personal favorites, as I never used Jan de Witt or de Coronado, where Cortes and Washington were 'must-haves' (i liked killing off all nearby europeans and indians!), perhaps even col1 could've used a little patch ....