The inhuman acts were mostly committed by the seaborne Japanese
marauders or ``waegu,'' who raided and pillaged the Korean villages.
The central place where the waegu indulged in the reckless piracy was
Tsushima island, only 49.5 kilometers away from the southern port city of Pusan. In fact, the Annals contains almost countless entries referring to Tsushima, suggesting its importance as the point where the two nations often collided with each other head-on.
The seriousness of the situation the intractable waegu caused is well
reflected in the Annals' account of the strengthening of the Choson naval force.
Yi Song-gye, founder of the Choson Dynasty, and the succeeding kings in the earlier period put much effort into increasing the naval power in an effort to confront the waegu. A document dated 1408 shows that the number of military ships reached as many as 613, with some 55,000 soldiers in the naval force.
King Taejong (reign: 1400-1418) was particularly concerned with
building up naval power. An article of the year 1420 shows the king's
enthusiasm even two years after he formally retired from the royal office.
Participating in a field training exercise of the military ships, King Taejong pointed out the slow speeds of the Choson ships and ordered speedier ones built. Later, he supervised the first run of the newly built ships to make sure that they could catch up with the Japanese pirate boats.
The increased naval power of the Choson Dynasty, along with the
strengthened coastal defense, made piracy more difficult for the waegu.
In 1419, Japanese marauders invaded the Chungchong province, killing 300 civilians, which infuriated King Taejong, who was in retirement after handing over the throne to King Sejong. To be noted is that King Taejong was the very person who attempted a military attack on the island for the first time in history.
King Taejong declared a war against Tsushima island in a formal
announcement dated June 9, 1419: ``Tsushima island was originally in the Choson territory. Considering the poor condition of the island, I granted the Japanese could live there, but the ungrateful people steal like dogs and rats, killing our people every year. Formerly, I embraced the waegu out of sympathy, relieving their hunger and even allowing trade, but they invaded us again and killed our innocent people.''
King Taejong's anger against the Japanese translated into 17,000 Choson soldiers on board 227 military ships that headed for Tsushima island for battles. The war that ensued cost more than 3,800 lives on the both parties, and ended with the surrender of the Tsushima lord on Sept. 29.
다시, 착실하게 중삘 역사 공부하는 맴으로 돌아가서..
1419년, 우리는 병선 227척에 17285명이 타고 65일분 식량을 싣고 쳐들어갔다.
병선 1척당 평균 무장해군 76명씩 태우고 군량을 실었으니
무장 병선들 크기는 어느 정돈지.. 227척이 바다를 메우고 떼거지로 쳐들어갔으니
상상력을 동원, 그 해전의 규모를 헤아려 보고 짐작해 볼 일이다.
왜선 129척 중 109척 소각, 가옥 1939채 소각, 참수 114명.
정벌 전, 정보유출방지를 위해 부산에선 왜인 591명을 감금, 까부는 왜인 21명 참수,
대마도에서 무조건 항복을 받아내고 우리 영토로 도장 찍어 놨다.