Yasuke

Yasuke(about 1555 — ???) was an African Samurai. He was originally a slave brought to Japan by the Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano, he astounded many people because they never witnessed a black person before. He was presented to a powerful warlord named Oda Nobunaga. People rubbed his body to be sure that he wasn't covered with ink. Yasuke had a tall stature and was very buff, so Nobunaga decided to use him as his personal guard. He was made a samurai in 1581. When Nobunaga was killed by Mitsuhide, he fought valiantly, but later surrendered to Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide didn't like him and sent him back to the Jesuits. His fate remains unknown.

Citations

Image of Yasuke. www.dantemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/yasuke-2.jpg.

Herukhuti, BA. Yasuke: The Black SAMURAI: Interesting History Facts. 8 Feb. 2021, www.afrikaiswoke.com/yasuke-african-samurai/.

Kanert, Michael. "Japan's 12 Most Famous Samurai." All About Japan, allabout-japan.com/en/article/5818/.