When white people called Black people coons, they were not referring to sellouts or raccoons. No. A coon was a slave shed. Barracoon is from Catalan barraca (hut) through Spanish barracon. A barracoon is a type of barracks used historically for the temporary confinement of slaves and sometimes even criminals.
A barracoon simplified the slave trader’s job of keeping the slaves captive and imprisoned. The barracks were close guarded to ensure that the slaves could not escape.
During the African Transatlantic slave trade, slaves who were captured by the white man were transported to barracoons along the western coast of the African continent, where they awaited transportation across the Atlantic Ocean. Most would not survive. The slaves were not allowed to exercise. If the lethal European diseases that were carried to Africa didn’t kill the slaves, then long journey usually did. In fact, European deadly diseases were a large reason for a large percentage of slaves dying during those times. The diseases they brought over were disgusting and nasty.