Word of the Day – Barracoon

By November 28, 2018 Word of the Day

Barracoon (noun) (historic)

ba-ra-koon

An enclosure in which black slaves were confined for a limited period.

Mid 19th century: from Spanish barracón, from barraca ‘soldier’s tent’ (see barracks).

Example sentences

“Conditions for the African slaves during the Middle Passage are worse than theirs in the barracoons.”

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