Mormon’s Description of Book of Mormon Territory

In his research of the region for the Smithsonian Institute, E. G. Squire found hundreds of such fortified sites extending from the counties of St. Lawrence on the north, to Chautauqua on the south, and embracing the counties of Jefferson, Oswego, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Wayne, Monroe, Livingston, Orleans, Niagara, Erie, and Genesee, Cattaraugus, and Allegheny. More than 1,000 sites were found in Ontario, Livingston, Genesee and Monroe Counties alone, with nearly 500 sites in Monroe County, and over a 100 fortified hilltops and strongholds in Genesee County—the very territory now suggested to be the actual lands laid out in the Book of Mormon.

Every single geographical description outlined in the Book of Mormon can be laid out in the New York setting perfectly, which only strengthens the premise that the long lost lands of the Book of Mormon were right there near Cumorah.

Mormon’s Map

In Mormon’s account of the various wars and battles of the Nephites, he described each in relation to the lands they fought in with several geographical features given which have since been referred to as Mormon’s Map. Mormon mentions several lands in their general area of occupation, including the lands of Nephi, the land of Zarahemla, Bountiful, Desolation, and the land northward, with Zarahemla being their spiritual heartland.

In the New York setting, the land of Zarahemla lay in the extreme western part of the state adjacent Lake Erie—a region the Iroquois claim to be their ancestral homeland. Ancient Zarahemla (today’s Erie County) is a land of gently rolling hills and valleys which, like the land of Nephi further south in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County, is noted for its fertile soil which makes the area particularly desirable.

Every single geographical description outlined in the Book of Mormon can be laid out in the New York setting perfectly, which only strengthens the premise that the long lost lands of the Book of Mormon were right there near Cumorah.

Watch the following video and see for yourself how well it all fits together.