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When did the Sô become vassals to Joseon?

Joined: March 5th, 2015, 4:09 am

September 12th, 2018, 6:56 am #1

I've been poking around a few sources, such as James Lewis' book on "Frontier Contact between Choson Korea and Tokugawa Japan," and it does seem that in the Tokugawa period, the Sô clan of Tsushima behaved as vassals of the Korean kings. What I can't seem to find, though, is the date (or even rough time period) when this relationship officially began.

Of course, Tsushima always had a close connection to Korea, and indeed for much of the Joseon period (1392-1890s), the Korean court considered Tsushima (Daedo) to rightfully be Korean (Silla) territory which was under Japanese "occupation." And we know that for a long time the Sô held a very prominent position, or perhaps even truly a monopoly, in Japanese political + trade relations with Korea. ... But, at what point did they officially start to be considered "vassals" of the Korean court? Anyone have anything on this? Thanks so much.