Japan 1600-1750

  • Tokugawa gains control of Japan

    Tokugawa Ieyasu crushes his opponents in the Battle of Sekigahara and gains control of Japan.
  • Tokugawa shogunate is founded

    Tokugawa Ieyasu founds the Tokugawa shogunate, the military government that will rule Japan for two and a half centuries.
  • William Adams becomes a contact with Japan

    William Adams becomes one of Japan's few contacts with the Western world. He rises to great prominence in Japan during his years in the country, and his letters offer Europe a glimpse into this closed society.
  • Battles of Osaka

    Battles of Osaka; Ieyasu victorious
  • Shimabara Revolt

    Christianized Japanese farmers on the Shimabara peninsula and Amakusa Islands rise up to protest the oppressive policies of Shogun Iemitsu during the Shimabara Revolt.
  • Tokyo Earthquake

    Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are killed during the Tokyo earthquake, the most devastating earthquake to hit that city until the great 1923 earthquake. The earthquake marks the beginning of a series of natural disasters that devastate the treasury of the shogun and help end the Genroku era.