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Japanese Pirates’ Intrusion into the Geum River Basin and the Battle of Jinpo in the Late 14th Century

Lim, Hyung-soo 1

1충북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The studies of the Japanese pirates’ invasion at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty often examine one regional unit, such as provinces, counties, or prefectures, according to the recent flow in which studies have been conducted actively in the fields of local history and war history. Considering the fact that the Japanese pirates at the time swept places regardless of the administrative division for plunder, such an analysis method is advantageous in that it is possible to examine the war situation in a specific area closely but it is not enough for understanding the general patterns of aggression. Thus, this study paid attention to the route coming into the central inland region along the course of the Geum River and would summarize the aspects of the Japanese pirates’ invasion into the wide area of the Geum River basin. Japanese pirates invaded the Geum River basin in earnest in 1376, which aimed at plundering all over the inland, using the water transport connecting through the Mangyeong Plain, the tax collection district of Jinseongchang and the Nonsan Plain to the Gyeongsang Region. In addition, since the Battle of Jinpo in 1380, the invasion activity calmed down, but they would attack the Geum River basin again, seizing negligence in surveillance as in the Liaodong Conquest while watching for an opportunity. In particular, this study reexamined the issue of the battlefield that was previously identified as Seocheon or Gunsan, concerning the Battle of Jinpo and pointed out that the records of battles in Yongan-Jinpo shown by Shim Deok-Bu’s conduct were partly exaggerated to honor the ancestor.

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