The black African Moors in Europe- U.S. newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s

The black African Moors in Europe- U.S. newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s
We start with Treaty of Peace and Friendship -The treaty sealed at Morocco with the seal of the Emperor of Morocco June 23, 1786, and delivered to Thomas Barclay, American Agent, June 28, 1786

History in the United States often avoids detailed discussion and conversation about black Africans ruling in Europe. But, this has not always been the case with the U.S. print media. Sometimes the American press discussed the history of the black African Moors.

Dilemma X is sharing these few achieved American newspaper articles written in the late 1800s. These newspaper articles discuss the history of Spain and Portugal. The period is prior to the Spanish Inquisition, that began in 1478 and included royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1501, ordering European Jews and Muslims to convert to Christian Catholicism or leave Spain or be executed. This is also before 1492, when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas for the first time, setting off the Atlantic Slave Trade. These newspaper articles also cover a period prior to the Portuguese Inquisition of 1536 when European Jews and Muslims were ordered to convert to Christian Catholicism or leave Portugal or be executed.

A historical note to pay attention to when reading these newspaper articles. In the days when the Moors ruled western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East had a different ethnic demographic composition than it does today. In fact, the Middle East was not always referred to as the Middle East.

Treaty With Morocco 1787

Image above is the image ‘The Adoration of the Magi’, stained glass panels by the Master of the Holy Kindred, Germany, about 1500.

Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice)
The 1965 film starred English actor Laurence Olivier who was made to look like a black African Moor.
Lawrence Olivier

Link: The Moors in Europe and the impact on Christmas today in northern Europe

Moors 1888
About: John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890), author and editor, was born on 24 June 1844 in Drogheda, Ireland. After two years in English prisons O’Reilly was transported with sixty-two other Irish ex-patriots in the Hougoumont, arriving in Western Australia on 10 January 1868. O’Reilly promptly became an American citizen and settled in Boston, working first as a journalist, then editor and in 1876 part-owner of the “Pilot”. On 10 August 1890 he died at Hull from an overdose of chloral which he normally took as a cure for insomnia.

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Moors 1893

Moors 1893

Moors 1893
Moors 1884

Moors 1884 02

Moors 1884

The origin of the term “Blue Blood” Moors in the 1888 newspapers

The black African Moors in the 1990s newspapers

Video: When the Arabian Peninsula was Africa -from the IMAX film titled “Arabia”
Long before the Moors arrived in Europe and long before what we now know as the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula was split from Africa, forming the Red Sea. But, it wasn’t until the construction of the Suez Canal, that began construction in 1859, that the land was completely separated from Africa.


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Coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI

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