American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A barracks in which slaves or convicts were formerly held in temporary confinement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A barrack or an inclosure containing sheds in which negro slaves were temporarily detained; a slave-pen or slave-depot. Barracoons formerly existed at various points on the west coast of Africa, also in Cuba, Brazil, etc. African barracoons were composed of large but low-roofed wooden sheds, and were sometimes provided with defensive works, in order to resist attack from the British forces engaged in breaking up the slave-trade.
- n. The temporary cage for slaves and indentured servants in the Louisiana Territory and French colonial Africa.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A slave warehouse, or an inclosure where slaves are quartered temporarily.
- Spanish barracón, barraca. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca, hut; see barrack1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Presently appeared a kind of barracoon, a large square of thick cane-work and thatch about eight feet high, the Fetish house of the”
“Presently appeared a kind of barracoon, a large square of thick cane-work and thatch about eight feet high, the Fetish house of the "Jinkimba" or circumcised boys, who received us with unearthly yells.”
“They were shut up safely in the "barracoon," -- such was the name of the large building -- and to-morrow, that day, or whenever the captain was ready, he would deliver them over.”
“barracoon;" in the palmy days of the trade slave-pens occupied the ground now covered by the chapel, the schoolroom, and the dwelling-house, and extended over the site of the factory to the river-bank.”
“The St. Jude Project, Robert Weingart as reformed recidivist, Kermit Abelard as egalitarian poet, Timothy Abelard as the tragic oligarch stricken by a divine hand for defying the natural order, Layton Blanchet as the working-class entrepreneur who amassed millions of dollars through his intelligence and his desire to help small investors, a historic Acadian cottage that hid a barracoon.”
“In moments like these, I knew that Louisiana was still a magical place, not terribly different than it was when Jim Bowie and his business partner the pirate Jean Lafitte smuggled slaves illegally into the United States and kept them in a barracoon, somewhere close to the very spot I was standing on.”
“And I have seen heads fall like fruit in a slaver's barracoon, And I have seen winged demons fly all naked in the moon '.”
“When we came ashore, he told them to take Josh to the barracoon.”
“Take these to the barracoon, " Bonnet said to the seaman, pushing Josh in his direction and waving at the Fulani.”
“He was now a prisoner, and — thrust into a suffocating barracoon, herded with the foulest of mankind, with all imaginable depths of blasphemy and indecency sounded hourly in his sight and hearing — he lost his self – respect, and became what his gaolers took him to be — a wild beast to be locked under bolts and bars, lest he should break out and tear them.”
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