There is one thought on “The Last Nephite Scribes”.

  1. Moroni need not have remained in harm’s way for long, following the final battle at Ramah-Cumorah. He did have a heavy load to carry on his back (60 lbs of plates, sword, and breastplate), but such loads are normal for modern special operations warriors. It would have taken him about a year to walk to what would one day become upstate New York in order to properly bury his load.

    We know this because others have done it and written about it: John Sorenson describes how David Ingram (a shipwrecked English sailor) made the trek with several companions and on foot from Tampico, Mexico, to the border of Canada and Maine in 11 months in the mid-sixteenth century (J. L. Sorenson, Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon, 45). However, it could take longer: Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, a member of the Captain Narvaez Expedition, took 8 years walking across southern North America beginning in 1528 (he was a shipwrecked royal treasurer from Seville, Spain) — see de Vaca’s own account, Castaways, ed. Enrique Pupo-Walker; trans. F. M. Lopez-Morillas (Berkeley: UC Press, 1993).

    Moroni would likely have followed the ancient Hopewell trade network of the Middle Woodland period (see the Smithsonian’s Handbook of North American Indians, 15:44), finding hospitable tribes all along the way. The notion of automatically hostile Amerinds is a common misconception. They were normally kind and generous to strangers passing through.

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