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*''Born: [[1441]]''
*''Died: [[1469]]''
*''Titles: King of [[Kingdom of Ryukyu|Ryûkyû]] (1461-1469)''
*''Japanese'': [[尚]] 徳 ''(Shou Toku)''

Shô Toku was the seventh king of [[Kingdom of Ryukyu|Ryûkyû]], and the last of the First Shô Dynasty. He was the third son of King [[Sho Taikyu|Shô Taikyû]], who succeeded in [[1461]].

The reign of Shô Toku is known primarily for the king's military adventures, chiefly the conquest in [[1465]] of [[Kikaigashima]], a nearby island which served no economic, political, or strategic purpose. This campaign saw the adoption of the ''mitsu-domoe'' banner of [[Hachiman]], commonly used by ''[[wako|wakô]]'' at the time, as the royal crest.

The kingdom's coffers being already depleted by his father's campaigns of temple building, lavish entertainments, and ritual and ceremony, this would come to be seen in later generations as an extravagance, and an unnecessary drain on resources.

Shô Toku was overthrown in an uprising led by the royal treasurer, Kanamaru, who took the throne as King [[Sho En|Shô En]] in 1469, marking the beginning of the Second Shô Dynasty. Histories such as the ''[[Chuzan Seikan|Chûzan Seikan]]'' and other accounts created under the latter dynasty describe Shô Toku as an unvirtuous ruler, lacking the [[Mandate of Heaven]], a man filled with violence and cruelty. Other tales tell of his infatuation with a priestess of [[Kudaka Island]], and that his dalliance with her provided the opportunity for Kanamaru's rebellion.

==References==
*"[http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-41753-storytopic-121.html Shô Toku]." ''Okinawa konpakuto jiten'' (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Dictionary"). Ryukyu Shimpo. 1 March 2003. Accessed 19 December 2009.
*Kerr, George. ''Okinawa: The History of an Island People''. Revised Edition. Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 2000. pp100-101.
*Smits, Gregory. ''Visions of Ryukyu''. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999. p60.

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|width="32%"|Preceded by:<br>[[Sho Taikyu|Shô Taikyû]]
|width="35%"|'''Reign as King of [[Chuzan|Chûzan]] and [[Kingdom of Ryukyu|Ryûkyû]]'''<br> 1461–1469
|width="32%"|Succeeded by:<br>'''[[Sho En|Shô En]]'''
|}
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[[Category:Muromachi Period]]
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