THE MOORS IN EUROPE
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a Moor is mixed with Berber and Arab. If you look up the word Berber, it says "member of the Caucasoid Race."
The Moorish Chief - Eduard Charlemont (1878)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
(This is a picture of what you've been told is a White Berber).
By RUNOKO RASHIDI
It would not be inaccurate to say that the Moors helped
reintroduce Europe to civilization. But just who were the Moors of
antiquity anyway? As early as the Middle Ages, and as early as the
seventeenth century, "The Moors were," according to the Oxford English
Dictionary, "commonly supposed to be mostly black or very swarthy, and hence
the word is often used for negro." Dr. Chancellor Williams stated that
"The original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were Black Africans."
After the invasion of 711 came other waves of Moors even darker. It was this occupation of Portugal which accounts for the fact that even noble families had absorbed the blood of the Moor.
From that time onwards, racial mixing in Portugal, as in Spain, and elsewhere in Europe which came under the influence of Moors, took place on a large scale. That is why historians claim "Portugal is in reality a Negroid land," and that when Napoleon explained that "Africa begins at the Pyrenees," he meant every word that he uttered. Even the world-famed shrine in Portugal, Fatima, where Catholic pilgrims from all over the world go in search of miracle cures for their afflictions, owes its origin to the Moors. The story goes that a Portuguese nobleman was so saddened by the death of his wife, a young Moorish beauty whom he had married after her conversion to the Christian faith, that he gave up his title and fortune and entered a monastery. His wife was buried on a high plateau called Sierra de Aire. It is from there the name of Fatima is derived.
The Moors ruled and occupied Lisbon and the rest of the country until well into the twelfth century. they were finally defeated and driven out by the forces of King Alfonso Henriques, who was aided by English and Flemish crusaders. The scene of this battle was the Castelo de Sao Jorge or, in English, the Castle of St. George. Today it still stands overlooking the city of "Lashbuna"--as the Moors named Lisbon.