Harbor Tile Placement

Before you read this articleyou will need to know the following terms and definitions: 

Harbor(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A coastal location on the gameboard, located between a “land” hex and a “sea” hex.  Always placed at an intersection of three hexes, it signals a spot where a player may construct a building in order to make desirable trades or harvest fish.  Some harbors are part of the board frame border, and others are movable tokens.
Trade: Verb. To exchange in-game resources, commodities, and favors for other resources, commodities, and favors.
Trade(-s,-ing): Noun. Singular or Plural. The act of making a trade with another player


Harbors allow you to trade resources and commodities more favorably.  In order to control a harbor, you must construct a building on a coastal intersection which borders the harbor.  See also “Maritime Trade.”

First, collect all 10 harbor tokens and all 8 fish tiles. 

Then, place them on the board, as shown in the illustrations below, and following the rules below.

 No intersection should have a harbor and fish tile.

  • Each main island should have an equal number of fish tiles
  • Each main island should have an equal number of harbor tokens

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