Tokugawa Ieyasu

Updated: Feb 21

Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the last feudal Japanese military government that existed between 1600 and 1868.

Typically regarded as a patient and staunch historical figure who united Japan by ending the Sengoku Period ("Age of Warring States" where Japan was sundered by constant military conflicts between warlords from 1467 to 1600) among Japanese people, Ieyasu was a subordinate ally of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the former ruling lords before his reign.

Later on, in 1616, due to the snowballing of Japanese Catholics' support of his remaining opponents and sprawl of the Western influence through the religion, Ieyasu came to ban Catholicism. (His grandson, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third ruler of the Tokugawa Shogunate, led a massacre of about 40,000 Japanese Catholics.)

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