Re: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Tips FAQ Help Tricks Hints Cheats Strat
Here's another handy tip:
Try talking with the king and asking for help, sometimes he won't but more often he will offer you the chance to purchase veteran soldiers and cannons at a cheap price. Now just collect them from the docks and use his own army to fight back.
Oh, and yep this game sure needs a patch! There should be far more choice on how to win this game, other than "no bells" or loosing colonies.