Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Horacio plantation (oh-RAH-see-oh). Home of Colonel Horacio da Silveira and his wife, Ester. Important units of social organization on the Brazilian frontier, plantations are depicted in the novel as both outposts of civilization and feudal kingdoms reflecting their owners’ personalities. Although Colonel Horacio’s fields are worked by poorly paid laborers under the supervision of armed foremen, he is sufficiently responsive to the needs of his “retainers” to command their loyalty when conflict with the Badarós threatens.
While the colonel tames his land, his wife attempts to domesticate him by providing a sophisticated social life and imported cultural influences; if only partially successful in rounding off some of the colonel’s rough edges, her efforts prefigure what the narrative sees as the eventual triumph of civilizing influences.
Badaró plantation (bah-dah-ROH). Home of brothers Sinhô and Juca Badaró and their sister Don’Ana. Like Colonel Horacio, the Badaró brothers are lords of their feudal plantation, with Sinhô’s appreciation of European art and reluctance to use violence offering a more civilized alternative to Juca’s propensity to violence. Although the Badaró estate is destroyed in a final battle with Horacio’s forces, this is the final act of lawlessness in a narrative that concludes with the coming of law and order to the region.
*Ilhéus (ihl-YAY-ahs). Major city of southern Bahia. Ilhéus is another location of conflict between incoming civilization and frontier anarchy, a thriving commercial center which at the beginning of the novel is dominated by a corrupt political establishment that sanctions chicanery in the courts and assassinations in the streets. The city’s gradual evolution toward social order is symbolized by the pope’s appointment of its first bishop, and the subsequent festivities that celebrate this notable event as a major advance on the road of progress.
*Ferradas (fay-RAH-das). Town founded as a service center for Colonel Horacio’s nearby plantation, and very much under his control. While Ilhéus develops into a dynamic and growing community, Ferradas remains a bandit’s den whose failure to transcend its origins as a frontier outpost symbolizes its unworthiness to benefit from progress.
*Tabocas (tah-BOH-kahs). Town between Ilhéus and Ferradas that prospers despite Colonel Horacio’s proximity. Policed by an officer who manages to do his job properly while remaining on good terms with the colonel, Tabocas tolerates those partial to the Badaró clan, so long as they do not try for municipal office. As a consequence of this relatively enlightened attitude, the community is distinguished by great commercial prosperity, as well as the schools and churches that Ilhéus has previously established and Ferradas will never manage to create.