The Nephites lived in the Americas from approximately 600 B.C. to A.D. 385, a period of about one thousand years. Moroni survived his people and buried the plates around A.D. 421. Throughout their history, the Nephites kept historical and doctrinal records. This graph shows which centuries each Nephite book covers, presenting Nephite chronology as a whole. Three periods of Nephite civilization receive the greatest attention: the founding (sixth century B.C.), the flourishing (150 B.C.–A.D. 50), and the final years (fourth century A.D.).