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The African influence on Spanish culture  

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Carro del Aire, de Domingo Martínez (Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla)

Black Africans dancing in Seville in 1748

Carro del Aire de Domingo Martinez (Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla)

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Posted : 10/24/2019 8:42 pm
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Chafariz d'El Rey 1570-80 (Coleccao Berardo) Africans in Lisbon Portugal

Chafariz d’El Rey, c. 1570 80 (Colecção Berardo)

"The rural lands were converted into extensive estates held by absentee landlords and worked by large armies of black bondsmen recently brought from Africa. Soon the population of Algarve was almost completely Negro and by the middle of the 16th century, blacks outnumbered whites in Lisbon , itself. As the intermarriage between the races went on from the beginning, within a few generations Ethiiopian blood was generally diffused throughout the nation, but it was notably pronounced in the south and among the lower classes.

People and Politics in Latin America by M.W. Williams, p. 100 Boston 1930

 

 

 

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According to Laure Junot Abrantès, king John VI of Portugal had a Mulatto appearance

“I had not then seen the prince of Brazil,  (John VI) therefore I could not laugh as I afterwards did, when I beheld his corpulent figure, clumsy legs, and his enormous head, muffled in a hussar uniform. His Negro hair, (which by the bye was in perfect keeping with his thick lips and African nose and swarthy color), was well powdered, and pomatumed, and tied in a thick queue.” Pg 225

Memoirs of the Duchess D'Abrantès: (Madame Junot)

By Laure Junot Abrantès (duchesse d')

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She also mentions the Portuguese population as having an African appearance due to the African blood in them.

“The Portuguese have thick lips, noses something of the negro form, black and often curly hair: and their figures, and above all their hands, show signs of the mixed blood.” Pg 204

Portraits of modern Spaniards and Portuguese with visible African influence

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Rita Pereira

Melanie vaz pita

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(This is in no way an attempt to say the Spanish and Portuguese are not white. This is only to highlight the historical influence Africa had on these people)

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According to William Harrison (18 April 1534 – 24 April 1593) , The Steel Needle was first introduced into England by a Black African who kept this art a secret.

"The Making of Spanish needles, was first taught in England, by Elias Crowse a German, about eight years of Queen Elizabeth and in Queen Mary's time, there was a Negro made fine Spanish needles in Cheapside, but would never teach his art to any." Harrison's Description of England in Shakspere's Youth by William Harrison vol 2 pg 34

"Steel needles were first imported here from Spain and Germany; and in the reign of queen Mary, half-sister of Elizabeth, the old historian Stowe describes them as being made and sold in Cheapside by Negro, or Moor, from Spain, who, refusing to reveal his secret to anyone, the art of needle making was lost to this country at his death." The Child's Educator; Or, Familiar Lessons on Natural History, Botany, Human.... pg 38

"Stow tells us that needles were sold in Cheapside in the reign of Queen Mary, and were then made by Spanish negro, by a secret art ; they are also said to have been made in London by a native of India in 1545; and by one Elias Kraus, a German, in 1566" The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers of the City of London: pg 10

 

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The black moorish sailor Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad (خشخاش بن سعيد بن اسود) is reported to have sailed to the americas in the 9th century ad. (in Arabic: Aswad (اسود) means Negro or black man)

moorish pre columbiann contact

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Two Soldiers Leading Two Moors before a King, Unknown, Michael Lupi de Çandiu (Spanish, active Pamplona, Spain 1297 - 1305)

Moorish captives of Aragon

The baptism of a moor vidal de canellas feudal customs of aragon northwestern spain 1290 to 1310 ms ludwig xiv

the baptism of a moor vidal de canellas feudal customs of aragon northwestern spain 1290 to 1310 ms ludwig xiv

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El Valiente Negro en Flandes

(The Brave Black in Flanders) narrates the heroic life of a black soldier, Juan de Mérida, whose valor wins for him the rank of General in the war of Flanders. 

El valiente negro en flandes 1

El valiente negro en flandes 2

El valiente negro en flandes 3

El valiente negro en flandes 4

(it must be pointed out that the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was of Flemish descent, and was called the black Spaniard. Perhaps he was a descended of the black soldiers that fought for Spain in Flanders)

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Coins of Aragon depicting the four Moorish kings that were slain.

peter III the great coin 1276 1285

peter III the great coin 1276 1285

coin 1 alfonso III the liberal 1285 1291

 Alfonso III the liberal 1285 1291

james II the just 1291 1327 king of sardinia 1297

james II the just 1291 1327 king of sardinia 1297

Alfonso IV the Benign 1327 1336

Alfonso IV the Benign 1327 1336

Peter IV the Ceremonious 1336 1387

Peter IV the Ceremonious 1336 1387

Martin I the Humane 1395 1410

Martin I the Humane 1395 1410

Alfonso V the Magnanimous 1416 1458

 

Alfonso V the Magnanimous 1416 1458

Ferdinand II the Catholic 1479 1516

Ferdinand II the Catholic 1479 1516

Philip II 1556 1596

Philip II 1556 1596

Charles III 1700 1713

Charles III 1700 1713

 

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More depiction of the four Moorish kings

sardina flag

Sardinia flag

The banners of the kingdoms of  Pedro IV, the Ceremonious

The banners of the kingdoms of Pedro IV, the Ceremonious

piedra armera2

piedra-armera

Stemma del Regno di Sardegna metà del XVI secolo

Stemma del Regno di Sardegna metà del XVI secolo

Cash book of the Representation of Teruel 1450

Cash-book of the Representation of Teruel 1450

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Portrait of Aben Humeya the leader of the Morisco revolt in Granada against Philip II of Spain

Portret van een Moorse vorst, Theodor Matham, 1615   1676

Portret van een Moorse vorst, Theodor Matham, 1615 - 1676 (notice the mulatto appearance )

 

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