Barracoon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barracoon A slave warehouse, or an inclosure where slaves are quartered temporarily.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barracoon 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barracoon bar′a-kōōn a depôt for slaves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. or Pg. barraca,. See Barrack
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.—barraca.

Usage

In literature:

The slave depots, or barracoons, were generally located some miles up a river.
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue" by Various
I believe it to have been used as a barracoon for slaves, several large cargoes having been exported from this river.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
We huddle up night and day in a big shed dey call a barracoon.
"By Sheer Pluck" by G. A. Henty
Going on I looked into one of the barracoons.
"The African Trader" by W. H. G. Kingston
At a short distance off were several barracoons.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Accordingly, full of his purpose, one afternoon he sauntered up to the barracoons in which his "cattle" were being rested and fed-up.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Next year, the Mongo's barracoons should teem with his conquests.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
They had erected barracoons on those parts of the coast where slaves could be collected with the greatest ease.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
At all other times of the year the factory would be deserted, its huts uninhabited by man, and its barracoon empty.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
In the centre stood a large barracoon full of slaves.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
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