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徳川 秀忠
とくがわ ひでただ
Tokugawa Hidetada
1579 - 1632
Appearances: Kessen (1)

Tokugawa Hidetada was the first son of Tokugawa Ieyasu and was known as Nagamaru in his youth. He was born on May 2, 1579 in Hamamatsu, Japan. He was named the heir to the Tokugawa and he acted as a hostage to Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Odawara Campaign (1590). Hideyoshi appointed him a position in authority in his coming of age ceremony and gave him the character 秀 Hide to use in his name.

During the Sekigahara Campaign he was initially responsible for performing tasks in the east against the Uesugi, but headed westward with 38,000 men to join his father. Along the way he faced a distraction by the Sanada resistance in Shinano Province at Ueda Castle. He attempted to bring Ueda down but failed to pay attention to the defence. As soon as he failed to make an impression on the defence Hidetada moved on to join up with the Eastern army at Sekigahara. Unfortunately, as a consequence of his decision to attack Ueda, he missed the Battle of Sekigahara, a large mishap that caused distrust between him and his father, Ieyasu.

He was named Shogun in 1605, although his father still continued to rule from retirement. He played a very active role in the Siege of Osaka, he and his father argued of whether they should be cautious, or launch a direct assault. Hidetada urged an assault while Ieyasu favored caution. After the death of Ieyasu in 1616, a year after the Osaka Campaign, Hidetada worked to strengthen the power of the Tokugawa bakufu and arranging the marriage of his daughter to the Emperor Go-Mizuno. Hidetada was married to Oeyo (お江 O-go), the youngest daughter of Azai Nagamasa and Oda Nobunaga's sister O-ichi, and had a son, 家光 Iemitsu, who became the next Shogun. Hidetada passed away on March 15, 1632 in Edo.

Biography created by: Shogun