Sanuki Province

The Sanuki Province (Japanese讃 岐 国, Sanuki no kuni ) was an old province of Japan on the island of Shikoku, and later the area was to Kagawa Prefecture. She lay on the Inland Sea and bordered by the provinces of Awa and Iyo. From Sanuki separated by the Naruto Strait, the province Awaji lies off the coast. The province belonged administratively to Nankaido. It was founded in the 7th century and originally consisted of the northeastern part of Shikoku and the Awaku islands in the Inland Sea.

Sanukis not yet discovered ancient capital ( Kokufu ) was probably in present-day district Fuchū -chō (which is an alternative name for a provincial capital ) of Takamatsu. Takamatsu developed in the Middle Ages to a major city.

In the Sengoku period Sanuki was ruled by the family Miyoshi. They were attacked by the Chosokabe from the province of Tosa, Sanuki lost. The Chosokabe again lost a battle against Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who gave the province its followers.

In the Edo period Sanuki was divided into five parts: the three fiefs Takamatsu, Marugame and Tadotsu with the capitals of Takamatsu, Marugame and Tadotsu; Tenryō, lands of the Shogun, and a fief belonging Tsuyama on Honshu part. The Naoshima Islands and Shodoshima were spun off from the province of Bizen and slammed to Sanuki.