Slavery: North-South, Nephite-Lamanite



Slavery is the subjugating of a group of people, against their will, into forced labor for the benefit and profit of the subjugators.

Lamanite Slavery – In the South

The “fantasy” map below is from BYU’s Virtual Book of Mormon website and is very similar to the map published in the Seminary and Institute manuals.
While endeavoring to be “location non-specific”, the similarity to South America, Central America, and North America is apparent.

“North” and “South” notations added by myself.

Within the Book of Mormon narrative, the concept of slavery is pervasive among the Lamanite peoples in the southern region, while remaining illegal among the Nephites in the northern region.

King Benjamin, one of the last great Nephites kings, forbid the practice of slavery.

Mosiah 2
13  Neither have I suffered that ye should be confined in dungeons, nor that ye should make slaves one of another, nor that ye should murder, or plunder, or steal, or commit adultery; nor even have I suffered that ye should commit any manner of wickedness, and have taught you that ye should keep the commandments of the Lord, in all things which he hath commanded you—

During the days of King Mosiah, the father of King Benjamin, a group of mostly Mulekites, led by a man named Zeniff, migrated to the southern region in an effort to possess the original lands of the Nephites.

The Lamanite king allowed this, giving up the City of Nephi and the City of Shilom to the newcomers.

King Zeniff later realized that the only reason the Lamanite king was willing to allow this colony to exist within Lamanite territory, was to eventually make slaves of them.  King Zeniff led his people in a valiant resistance, but eventually, his grandson King Limhi and his people were completely subjugated by the Lamanites, who took half of everything they had.  

King Limhi concluded, in despair:
Mosiah 7
15  For behold, we are in bondage to the Lamanites, and are taxed with a tax which is grievous to be borne. And now, behold, our brethren will deliver us out of our bondage, or out of the hands of the Lamanites, and we will be their slaves; for it is better that we be slaves to the Nephites than to pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites.

Later, the grandsons of King Benjamin, went to preach the Gospel to the Lamanites, and the brothers all ended up in the same area where King Limhi and his people were subjugated and enslaved by the Lamanites.  Through the brothers service and preaching, the Lamanite King, along with the populations of seven complete Lamanite cities were converted. The unconverted Lamanites rebelled against the newly converted king, and in great anger endeavored to kill those new converts.  

After a great many of the new converts were killed, Ammon suggested to the Lamanite King that all his people, the new converts, could migrate to the land of Zarahemla under the protection of the Nephites.  The Lamanite King then suggested that his people could all voluntarily become slaves to the Nephites to try to repair all the wrongs the Lamanites committed to the Nephites. Ammon observed that slavery was against the law in the North, in the land of Zarahemla.

Alma 27
8 And the king said unto him: Yea, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go down unto our brethren, and we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the many murders and sins which we have committed against them.
9 But Ammon said unto him: It is against the law of our brethren, which was established by my father, that there should be any slaves among them; therefore let us go down and rely upon the mercies of our brethren.

U.S. Slavery – In the South

The America Civil War was about Slavery.

Before the Civil War, the southern states seceded from the Union.

Above map from

The northern states of the “Union” or “United States of America” were NON-SLAVE states.
The southern states of the “Confederacy” or “Confederate States of America” were SLAVE states.

After the US Civil War, the North and the South existed as one nation. 

Abraham Lincoln was the US President that led the Union in the drive to abolish slavery.
Abraham Lincoln is commonly referred to as America’s Moses.

Ironically the English name Moses is “From the Hebrew name מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh)”

A very close variation of the name Mosiah, the Nephite king who proclaimed slavery illegal when he set out the laws before abdicating his throne in favor of a judge system.

In the centuries after Christ’s visit to America, the Nephites and Lamanites lived as one nation.

Nephites & Lamanites in the US North & South

This map is based on ideas taken from and

“North” and “South” notations added by myself.


The proposed dividing line between

the non-slave Nephite lands in the north and
the slave Lamanite lands in the south

is the SAME dividing line that separated 

the non-slave states of the Union in the north and
he slave states of the Confederacy in the south.  


  1. Hello Scott

    I am very struck by the map of Nephite times and boundaries of the Civil War . . .North and South territories. Lots to think about. You do such Good research. Thank you!!


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