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If this deadly contagion is not eliminated, not only will the conversion of the unfaithful fail to progress, but it will weaken day by day and inevitably decline. (334) 51 ALFREDO BOSI Such was the first century of missionary activity in Brazil. Anchieta's fears were confirmed by the facts, as illustrated in his description of the flight of the Amerindians from São Tomé: Suddenly all the people of São Tomé rose up, rebelling such that the Devil seemed to be walking among them. ” Father Gaspar Lourenço, witnessing this upheaval, gathered them together and made them understand how grave it would be if they abandoned the church because of the lies told to them.

Today we might add that cattle, soy, and sugarcane expel small and marginal landholders. 4 In his Essai sur la colonisation (1907), Carl Siger offers a curious defense of colonial methods, which he considers authentic “safety valves” (soupapes de sûreté ) for the metropolises: Les pays neufs sont un vaste champ ouvert aux activités individuelles, violentes, qui, dans les métropoles, se heurteraient à certains préjugés, à une conception sage et réglée de la vie et qui, aux colonies, peuvent se développer plus librement et mieux affirmer, par suite, leur valeur.

The poem's thesis, which is the affirmation of the kingdom's expansionist project, gains the irresistible force of myth. The king D. ” About what does Manuel the Fortunate (O Venturoso) dream? ” In his dreams the king rises to a great height, from where he can see other worlds and faraway nations. He sees that two great rivers spring from the Far East, flowing through a wild, verdant land, as yet untrodden by human feet. ” The descriptive beauty of this dreamtime transformation is admirable: the streams of water become the men's hair and beards.

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