Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan
By: Mackie O'Malley and Reilly Reed
After the many years it took to build a stable society, the rulers made it a goal to prevent any potential rebellion. Leader Hideyoshi, a ruler from the Tokugawa Shogunate, planned to ban all Spanish and Portuguese Catholic missionaries after their attempt to convert Japanese people to Christianity. Another ruler, Ieyasu, saw the Christians as a threat to his power. He wanted to end all Christianity, and send his message by executing a few Japanese converters, which prevented any trade with Europe. These lynchings also resulted in the Shimabara Rebellion, going on from 1637 to 1683 but was soon crushed by the Tokugawa forces. In 1614, Ieyasu created the Christian Expulsion Act which ended all Christianity activity throughout the empire. To secure themselves, the shogun also limited trade to strictly the Dutch. This added to the collapse of the Empire because Japan can not trade with many countries to create revenue after the disappearance of Christianity. Additionally, the spread of Christianity took away even more Japanese traditions that kept the country stable and at peace with their culture.
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