I did this in my game a Tahiti as their units have 1 Visibility, which makes scouting much easier! It has Marble and thus increases your happiness, if you don’t let your new city grow too much!
Over the first 2-3 games I’ve found what I think is a pretty good balance to win every game on Emperor. Deity: Tell me how (in the comments below, please)!!! Playing as Samoa on Immortal the above process started too late.Also you should have a specialist work in the cities’ markets and temples.