VP Sports and Health, Josh Edje
As part of Celebrating Black Excellence, I will be sharing information on a range of historical events, that will showcase and celebrate Black history and culture.
Today I’m discussing the Moors. The concept of Moors has been used to describe the reign of Muslims in Spain, Europeans of African descent, and others for centuries. Over time the terms ‘Moor’ and ‘Black Moor’ were used to describe any person with dark skin.
Between (711-1492 A.D) the Black Moors led and dominated the area that today makes up Spain and Portugal. During this time, the territory became a prosperous cultural, economic and religious region. The Moors also ruled southern France and parts of Scotland.
A European Scholar described the invasion of Spain by the Moors of Africa.
“The reins of their (Moors) horses were as fire, their faces black as pitch, their eyes shone like burning candles, their horses were swift as leopards and the riders fiercer than a wolf in a sheepfold at night. . . The noble Goths [the German rulers of Spain] were broken in an hour, quicker than tongue can tell. Oh luckless Spain!”
According to legend, the phrase, "Thank heaven for 711" is said to have come from the feeling of freedom enjoyed after Moorish civilization spread throughout Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Southern France.
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References: National Geographic website