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The Ashikaga Shoguns and Civil War, Contact with the West

Battle of Sekigahara, Tanegashima, Jesuit missionaries, Jesuit missionary, Francis Xavier

Meanwhile, during the era of warring states the Japanese had their first contacts with Westerners. In 1543 Portuguese traders arrived at Tanegashima, a small island off the southern coast of Kyushu, and in 1549 Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary, brought Roman Catholicism to Japan. With the arrival of the Portuguese, the Japanese learned the use of firearms, which they soon began to manufacture themselves. Firearms decisively changed the face of Japanese warfare, rendering obsolete the horse-riding warrior who had dominated the battlefield for centuries. The Portuguese traders were also an important source of goods from China, Southeast Asia, and other parts of Asia, and they introduced the Japanese to the practices of smoking tobacco and deep-frying foods. The Jesuit missionaries, offering the lure of trade as bait, were extremely successful in making converts. By the time of the Battle of Sekigahara, several hundred thousand Japanese, including a number of daimyo in Kyushu and western Japan, had become Roman Catholics.



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