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Shō Toku
尚徳王
Preceded by Shō Taikyū
Succeeded by Shō En
Personal details
Born 1441
Died 1469 (aged 27–28)

Shō Toku (尚 徳 Shō Toku?, 1441–1469) was the son of Shō Taikyū and last king of his dynasty. He came to power as a young man in a kingdom whose treasury had been depleted. He engaged in efforts to conquer islands and took the symbol of Hachiman as his banner to emphasize his martial spirit. In 1466, he led an invasion on Kikai Island, which strained the Ryūkyūan treasury with little benefit.[1] He either died young or was possibly killed by forces within the kingdom as details are somewhat unclear.[2] As is common for rulers who preside over the end of a dynasty moralists portrayed him as cruel, violent, and lacking in virtue.[3]

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Preceded by
Shō Taikyū
King of Ryūkyū
1461–1469
Succeeded by
Shō En

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