Why was Minamoto Yoritomo important?


Why was Minamoto Yoritomo important?

12th-Century Japan:

By the end of the Heian period (794-1185) civil wars were befalling Japan. The power of the provincial warlords was growing, and the two most notable families, the Minimoto and the Taira, were vying for control.

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Minamoto Yoritomo was important because he was the leader of the Minamoto clan who defeated the Taira clan, oversaw the end of the Heian period, and...

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