Anno 1701 came with an in-built guide known as the Annopedia which explained the various features and building types are etc. in the game. This well written game manual covered the various aspects of the game in a short and concise fashion.
↑Anno 1404 English forum FAQ "Annopedia is no longer available in Anno 1404. You can get hints for Missions by clicking on them on the left side of your screen, or hitting F8 to see all missions."