The Efforst Of Three Powerful Leaders

Oda Nobunaga

Oda Nobunaga contributed a lot to Japan with his efforts to advance weponry. Oda Nobunaga was the first leader to have his army use guns in battle. He was a fierce warrior who recognized the importance of guns in Japan's armies. Guns could be used to defeat larger armies a lot easier and without losing as many men. Through negotiations and wars, Nobunaga controlled half of Japan by the time of his death.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was born as a pheasant. Under the rule of Nobunaga, he went from a common solider to a respected military leader. After using force and forming alliances, Hideyoshi controlled all of Japan by the time he died in 1598. After his death, his generals fought for control.

Tokogawa Ieyusa

Ieyusa ruled during a time the Japanese called the Tokugawa Shogunate. When Ieyusa first came to power he didn't let anyone in or anyone out. He made Edo his capital and called it the great city we know today, Japan. To gain more land, Ieyusa set up peace treaties instead of making wars. Sadly, he lost power in 1868.