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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: July 30, 2013 04:00PM

"In 1567, nearly 20 years before Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony at Roanoke was lost and 40 years before the Jamestown settlement was established, Spanish Captain Juan Pardo and his men built Fort San Juan in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

'Fort San Juan and six others that together stretched from coastal South Carolina into eastern Tennessee were occupied for less than 18 months before the Native Americans destroyed them, killing all but one of the Spanish soldiers who manned the garrisons,' said University of Michigan archaeologist Robin Beck, assistant professor in the U-M Department of Anthropology and assistant curator at the U-M Museum of Anthropology."

If native tribes were capable of pushing out European invaders in the sixteenth century it seems even more unlikely that a small group of Semites from the Near East were going to control the even more populated region of Central America. Even as late as 1680 the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico were able to force the entire Spanish population to leave the region and re-settle in Texas for ten years.

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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: July 30, 2013 04:06PM

I forgot to add that before 1700 most of the Native American population had been wiped out by disease as a result of first contact with Europeans. Estimates vary between 50%-90%. The Indians had no immunity against measles, smallpox, etc.

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Posted by: Chicken N. Backpacks ( )
Date: July 30, 2013 06:10PM

And to add to that--middle easterners probably had diseases that would have wiped out a lot of the native population as soon as the Nephites came ashore--you would think the BoM writers might have mentioned that (you know, the couple of times when they made small mention of "others") which of course means the millions that were surrounding them....

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Posted by: Carrots Tomatoes and Radishes ( )
Date: July 30, 2013 04:36PM

But they were called upon by god ;) they were speshul! And, as it says in the Book of Mormon, they were "white and delightsome," therefore, they clearly had the upper hand.

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Posted by: SuperBigGulp ( )
Date: July 30, 2013 04:42PM

Book of Mormon = complete made up bullshit.

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