Tokugawa Ieyasu Biography

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The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu
In a small, insignificant samurai clan, was Tokugawa Ieyasu. When we picture a samurai general, we don’t usually see a patient one, but Tokugawa Ieyasu was one. “He was born as the only son of a small and struggling warlord in the province of Mikawa, somewhat to the north of present day Nagoya” (colombia.edu). Out of the many generals that fought in the sengoku jidai, he was one that became very famous. In the battle of Mikatagahara, he was allying with Oda Nobunaga which helped him during that battle. The Sengoku Jidai period started in 1467 and ended in 1567 and was ended because he created an unopposed shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu was important because he was very patient, made alliances, and ended the Sengoku
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“He owed his lasting success not to superior ability in any of these areas over Nobunaga or Hideyoshi, but to personal longevity and judicious institutional borrowing” (history.com). The warring states period was a time of impatience and Tokugawa was patient. One wrong choice can lead to another. “He survived all his fearsome rivals by waiting for the right moment to seize power” (hanofharmony.com). When Akechi Mitsuhide overthrew Oda Nobunaga, everyone was fighting over the throne, and Ieyasu waited for the day to take it. This proves why he is considered to be patient. Since he was a very patient general he was able to form alliances with other generals which helped him to be…show more content…
The most important reasons he was successful during the Sengoku Jidai he was patient. Another factor to his success was his alliance making. His patience and his alliance making set him apart from other leaders of his time. With these skills, he was able to end the Sengoku Jidai. He lived for 60 years, outlasting Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Shingen. Finally, in 1616, he became sick and died. It’s important to learn about Ieyasu’s success. Out of all the ruling families, the Tokugawa family was most successful.

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