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Dragoon regiments were established in most European armies during the late 17th and 18th centuries. In the beginning they were horse-riding ranged infantry, but during the 18 century, dragoons evolved into conventional light cavalry units.
The word dragoon comes from the firearm that dragoons carried, the dragon, which is a shorter, handgun version of the blunderbuss
Age of Empires III
In Age of Empires III
, dragoons can be trained by various factions, they are a both fast and resilient ranged cavalry that deals extra damage versus other cavalry units. Portugese have the strongest Dragoons, and can upgrade them more than any other faction.