In the 16th century, the Kuroda clan was located in Harima Province. Under the heaship of Kuroda Yoshitaka, the clan served the Oda and later Toyotomi clans. Yoshitaka specifically worked as a battle tactician, and was considered to be on par with Takenaka Shigeharu, another prominent tactician of the era. For his service, Yoshitaka received lordship of Nakatsu Castle, in 1587. Yoshitaka was also a Roman Catholic with the baptismal name of "Don Simeon."
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