well during the middle ages it was…
Sorry but during the middle ages, there was this thing going, the Reconquista. When the Moors invaded the Peninsula in 711 they soon gained lots and lots of territory and basically pwoned the visigoths because they were dumb as fuck and unorganized and basically lacked a leader. Then in 722 the Reconquista (the process by which the christians started to get back the invaded territories for the christianity) started and continued until 1492 when the Catholic Kings defeated the kingdom of Granada (last muslim bastion).
During the Middle Ages, Spain was not a POC country, it was a country of mixture and cohabitation of different races and cultures. In the north of the Peninsula you had the Christian kingdoms (Castilla, Leon, Aragon, latter united as Castilla and Aragon, later as “Las Españas”), and to the South you had the Emirates, later on the Caliphate (Al-Andalus), the muslim territories. And in both sides you had muslims, jews and christians, OF DIFFERENT RACES. You had black people from the north of Africa, bereberes (also from the north of Africa), moors from Arabia (little elitist minority), jews, still visigoth blood, and castillian people, and of course ‘mediterraneans’. You could see the milkiest wanker you’ve ever met, blonde and blue eyes, total castillian from León or Valladolid, and then he happened to be a muslim. Or maybe there was this girl who was tan, dark brown eyes and totally moor-looking and she happened to be a mozarabe (christian living in muslim territory).
During the middle ages, Spain wasn’t exclusively a POC country, it was a territory of mixtures and war because our history is basically fucked up and we seem to be idiots and can’t live in peace and just you know be quiet and calm. But this had good things. We have a very rich architecture and culture. And many historians will be proud to say Toledo was the perfect example of this, as christians, jews and muslim cohabited in a relative peace and harmony, and the School of Translators of Alphonse X is one of the proofs of this. So my point is, yes, there were POC in Europe. There were POC in Spain, and also in Italy, but it’s dumb to say “uuugh spAIn waS a poc counTreh”.
Whoops I think I got over excited over history.