Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


Costaguana. Imaginary South American republic vaguely located on the continent’s west coast, with the bulk of the country over the mountains, or cordillera, where is situated its capital, Santa Marta. Costaguana suffers under political corruption and instability, and its people live in great poverty.

Sulaco province

Sulaco province (suh-LAH-koh). Only maritime province of Costaguana and the only province in the country with a sound economy, thanks to its silver industry. The province has tried to gain its independence several times. After various military reversals, its independence is once again established by the end of the novel, with some degree of economic stability guaranteed by the mining of its silver resources.

Sulaco (town)

Sulaco (town). Provincial capital. European civilization exists here, but only as a thin veneer. The town’s main features are a cathedral, plaza, the Intendencia—later to become the presidential palace—and the Amarillo Club, where separatist leaders meet. The town bears the brunt of the damage done by the factional fighting that rages intermittently, and constantly re-invents itself. The Casa Gould, the town house of the British owner of the silver mine, represents some degree of continuity. Its English forms and customs survive the corrupting power of local politics. The corrupting force of the silver mine operates at a much deeper level.

Sulaco (port)

Sulaco (port). As the town of Sulaco lies a few miles inland, there is a small port, which plays a significant part in...

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