Moors. What the Moors did, and what they were doing all those centuries in Europe seem to be shrouded in mystery. Fortunately, alot of information were left behind, so, for the curious student there are lots to uncover!
The oldest universities were founded in Africa. Mali, Timbucktu, and Morroco. Students from all over the nation of Africa and Europe would come to learn math, science, history, language and astronomy. University of Sankore (500-1500 AD) had one of the largest libraries in the world. Founded by King Mansa Musa- one of the richest people of all time.
One of the finest examples of a blackamoor in the arts is the Mohr mit Smaragdstufe ("Moor with Emerald Cluster"), in the collection of the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, Germany. It was created by Balthasar Permoser in 1724. The statue is richly decorated with jewels and is 63.8 cm (2.09 ft) high.
Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565h Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance.