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2. Tokugawa Hidetada (1605 -1623) 1605 Tokugawa Hidetada assumes the title. 1609 A Dutch trading post is established at Hirado. 1611 Hidetada begins to put pressure on Hideyori (the most powerful Daimyo) to relinquish official power. He also exacts an oath of allegiance from other Daimyo in central and western Japan.
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Hand-coloured print from the 1870s (Photo: Peabody Museum, Harvard) The word samurai has origins in the pre-Heian period, being derived from the classical Japanese verb saburau , meaning to serve or attend. It was not until the early modern period, namely the Azuchi-Momoyama period and early Edo period of the late 16th and early 17th centuries that the word saburai became replaced with samurai . However, by then, the meaning had already long before changed.