Exposing Myths and Truths

Beethoven was a Moor (Black) – Why is this important to know?

True History 101 – Beethoven

“One of the homes in which Beethoven resided in Vienna, Austria, the music capitol of European Music at that time, was called the “Schwarzspanierhaus,” the “House of the Black Spaniard.”

In a PBS presentation about Beethoven, the host and narrator, Russian Actor Peter Ustinov, said that Beethoven would become angry when people called him “inferior.”  Clearly, he must have been an exotic and at times disparaged presence in Germany and Austria.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 -1827) was born in Bonn, Germany, but his family originated in Belgium, which was then called Flanders.  Interestingly, his family name, as noble and grand as it sounds, is a Flemish one quaintly and literally meaning “beet garden.”  For over 200 years, Belgium/Flanders had been occupied by Spain.  One need only look at a map to see how close in proximity Southern Spain is to Northern Africa, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar, which, from a geological standpoint, appears to have forged its way through an erstwhile connection between the two terrains.

beethoven death mask

Africans had easy access to Spain, the zenith being the 700 year reign of the Moors in that country. (“Moor” comes from Greek/Latin root words meaning “Black” or “dark-skinned.”)  The protracted Black presence in Spain apparently protracted its presence in Belgium/Flanders along with the Spanish. Thus, Beethoven inherited this Black Spanish strain. Which leads to a very critical question:  Why the proliferation of spurious portraits that hide his ethnic heritage as a man of color?”

If race doesn’t matter why display non-white historical figures as having European features in history books instead of the race of the actual person?

When black children only see “Great” white people in literature and history books, how do you think this affects their perception about themselves growing up?

For those who will say Beethoven was German…..Do you understand the difference between race and nationality? German is not a race. There are black Germans, Black Spaniards, Black Brazilians, and blacks in America. You get the point.



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  1. Moors are dark-skinned caucasians? Are you kidding me. Is there such a thing. The charade is over. People with real sense know that Europeans have altered history. Even in the bible Jesus has hair like lamb’s wool and feet like burnt brass. I guess he’s a dark skinned Caucasian also. You guys even straightened the hair of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. He was from Nevis. Moors were AFRICAN PEOPLE who conquered Spain and Cicely that’s why those people have dark skin. We know his-story don’t play yourself. Tell the truth and peace will come to the planet.

  2. The name van Beethoven is a variant spelling of van Bettenhoven (Beethoven’s family was registered as such in Kampenhout in the XVth century). Bettenhoven (now Bettincourt) is a village in Belgium. According to toponymist Jan Segers (publication in DBNL online), Bettenhoven means “court” or “farm” of the Bettingen [family], derived from the name Betto.
    Cutting up a name in 2 pieces (beet+hoven) and assigning a meaning to each piece is a false etymology, or goropism. Try this useless process with other family names, it’s fun, but not science.

  3. Nick Pettinato says:

    Unfortunately for the point you’re trying to make, Moors are not Sub-Saharan Africans (Negroids). They consisted, largely, of North African tribes known as Berbers. These are dark-skinned Caucasians.


    Above is an example of a Berber man today; a decent analog to the Moorish occupation force which held Southern Spain for all those centuries.

    So no, even if Beethoven were “Moorish,” he’d still be Caucasian. Just of a darker skin tone, similar to Muammar Ghaddafi.

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