barracoon

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English[edit]

a barracoon

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish barracón, barraca.

Noun[edit]

barracoon (plural barracoons)

  1. A temporary cage for holding slaves, indentured servants or prisoners in the Louisiana Territory and French colonial Africa.
    • 1863, Richard F. Burton, Wanderings in West Africa, volume II, Dover Publications 1991 edition, page 36:
      Beyond Cape Palmas, the coast line is a beach of bright white sand, from which the slave barracoons have now disappeared […].

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