"Moor", dark-skinned people, "African", "Negro", "Indian"
"black", "swarthy", negative connotations
"sooty bosom", racial stereotype
Otherwise would have been more easily accepted
But: "Barbary", "Barbary horse", Barbary coast
Frequently performed as Arab Moor
Often by white actor in blackface
Black American actor Paul Robeson
Commonplace to cast black actor as Othello
Black English actor Wil Johnson
Othello possibly inspired by Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, Moorish ambassador of the Arab King of Barbary to Queen Elizabeth I in 1600
Italian shortstory "Un Capitano Moro" by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565
Almost certainly Richard Burbage
Othello is a brave and competent soldier of advanced years and Moorish background in the service of the Venetian Republic. He elopes with Desdemona, the beautiful daughter of a respected Venetian senator. After being deployed to Cyprus, Othello is manipulated by his Ancient (pronounced Ensign) Iago, into believing Desdemona is an adultress. Othello murders her and, upon discovering Iago's deceit, kills himself.