Why stop at the March 1, 1842 Times and Seasons when if you read just a few more issues you find this in the Sept. 15, 1842 edition:
Joseph Smith shared an excerpt from “Stephen’s Incidents of Travel in Central America”. Prefacing the excerpt he said, “Surely – facts are stubborn things”. It will be as it ever has been, the world will prove Joseph Smith a true prophet by circumstantial evidence, in experiments, as they did Moses and Elijah. Now read Stephen’s story:
“According to Fuentes, the chronicler of the kingdom of Guatemala, the kings of Quiche and Cachiquel were descended from the Toltecan Indians, who, when they came into this country, found it already inhabited by people of different nations. According to the manuscripts of Don Juan Torres, the grandson of the last king of the Quiches, which was in the possession of the lieutentant general appointed by Pedro de Alvarado, and which Fuentes says he obtained by means of Father Francis Vasquez, the historian after the order of San Francis, the Toltecas themselves descended from the house of Israel, who were released by Moses from the tyranny of Pharoah, and after crossing the Red Sea, fell into idolatry. To avoid the reproofs of Moses, or from fear of his inflicting upon them some chastisement, they separated from him and his brethren, under the guidance of Tanub, their chief, passed from one continent to the other, to a place which they called the seven caverns, a part of the kingdom of Mexico, where they founded the celebrated city of Tula.” (Times and Seasons, Sept. 15, 1842)
Joseph Smith clearly would not have shared the story of another migrant group not mentioned in the Book of Mormon if he thought it threatened the veracity of the Book of Mormon. Looks like the case on this matter is oh so closed…
PS - I like that a Catholic priest is involved, and also that the author of the travel guide is named Stephen.