A barracks in which slaves or convicts were formerly held in temporary confinement.

[Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca, hut; see barrack1.]
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(Historical Terms) (formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation
[C19: from Spanish barracón, from barraca hut, from Catalan]
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(ˌbær əˈkun)

(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
[1850–55, Amer.; < Sp barracón=barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix]
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References in classic literature ?
Pity and compassion had been generated in the subterranean barracoons of the slaves and were no more than the agony and sweat of the crowded miserables and weaklings.
Two years later, his The Middle Passage got published, then in 1964, An Area of Darkness, in 1969 The Loss of El Dorado, in 1972 The Overcrowded Barracoon and Other Articles, in 1977 India: A Wounded Civilization, in 1980 A Congo Diary, and etc.
In this issue, you'll find two reading levels for our articles on the Supreme Court, Saudi Arabia, teens in the workplace, Puerto Rico, and Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon.
* Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" is Hurston's remarkable rendition of Lewis' oral history, which she gathered over several months of visits.
Completed in 1931, Barracoon remained unpublished until now.
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston ndash its based on interviews with Kudjoe Lewis, the last survivor of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade .Which two books do you hold so dear that they cant possibly be lent out?I have to spread the joy around.
In a previous study, when analyzing the intellectual production by Brazilian sociologist Gilberto (de Mello) Freyre KBE (1900-1987), published in the 1930s, particularly the classic Casa-grande e senzala (26) [The Mansion (slave owner's residence) and the barracoon (slave quarters)], Vasconcelos (25) observed that
The moth rips open the silken walls of its bastille, the eel its barracoon (a place for contemporary confinement) of mud.
Nearly 40 years ago, British author VS Naipaul caused outrage in Mauritius when, in an essay for the highly influential Sunday Times magazine, he depicted the Indian Ocean island as an "overcrowded barracoon" (a temporary place of confinement, especially of slaves) and predicted economic collapse and social mayhem.
Kossola was marched to the sea, imprisoned inside a high fence called a barracoon, and loaded with one hundred and fifteen other Africans onto a ship called the Clotilda.