Tokugawa Japan

Events

Tokugawa Ieyasu

1543

Most powerful warlord in Japan
Established government in Edo (Tokyo)
Founded the Shogunate

Portugese arrive in Japan with weapons

1543

Local daimyo ahs copies made, asks Portuguese for shooting lessons
Led to trade with Portugal

Ieyasu begins expanding with help of warlord Oda Nobunaga

1561

Nobunaga tries to unify Japan

1568

Saw Buddhists as a threat to future of Japan and demolished one of their temples

Battle of Nagashino

1575

Nobunaga embraced Western technology (firearms) and created a warrior class

Toyotomi Hideyoshi becomes supreme commander

1584

Nobunaga assassinated

Peasantry disarmed

1587

Toyotomi Hedeyoshi's "sword hunt"
Wanted to prevent revolts
Samurai could carry 2 swords (distinguished samurai class)

Christian persecution

1587

Toyotomi Hideyoshi worried Christian influence would threaten his influence; outlawed Christianity and expelled missionaries

Ieyasu moves capital to Edo

1590

Ieyasu and Hideyoshi form an uneasy alliance
Edo was far from Japanese politics at the time and Hideyoshi ordered Ieyasu ordered him to move the capital here

Hideyoshi executes 26 Christians

1597

Actually inspired Christians around Japan, Pope Pius IX declared those 26 martyrs
Nagasaki = center of Christian activities

Hideyoshi dies

1598

Battle of Sekigahara

1600

Unifies Japan under Tokugawa shoguns; Ieyasu gains control over all of Japan

Hidetada becomes second shogun

1605

Ieyasu's son
took over rule when his father died

Christian and Portuguese expelled

1610

By Ieyasu