The Black Hand was a name given to an extortion method used in Italian neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century. Map of Sicily While much is published - both fact and fiction - regarding the Sicilian Mafiathere is a great deal of misunderstanding about the historical origins of this form of organised crime.
An associate can have a wide range of duties from virtually carrying out the same duties as a soldier to being a simple errand boy. The organization is not limited to these regions.
Over the next few decades, the Sicilian Mafia flourished, expanding its criminal empire and becoming, by the s, a major player in international narcotics trafficking. Into the early decades of the eighteenth century one might hear the Sicilian word as an adjective describing something of high quality, for example un cavallo mafioso a good horsewith no intended reference to organised crime.
It is still unclear whether Italian immigrants actually killed him, or whether it was a frame-up by nativists against the reviled underclass immigrants. To be part of the Mafia is highly desirable for many street criminals.
True, a certain father-and-son team, such as the Lo Piccolos of San Lorenzo, may operate at the summit of their clan for a while, but their geographical area of influence is not a hereditary fiefdom.
Boss — The boss is the head of the family, usually reigning as a dictator, sometimes called the Don or "Godfather".
Associates, partners, allies etc. Soldier Soldato in Italian — A soldier is a member of the family, and traditionally can only be of full Italian background although today many families require men to be of only half Italian descent, on their father's side.
Towns with Mafia activity are marked as red dots.