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Making the Comparison Between the Theoretical Map and Mesoamerica

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Map courtesy John Sorenson from his book
An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon
The features of the theoretical map show the following correlation with Mesoamerica:
  1. The most prominent geographical feature in the Book of Mormon, the "narrow neck of land" aligns with the Isthmus of Tehauntepec.
  2. The Sierra Madre Mountains correlate with the west wilderness.
  3. The Central Depression of Chiapas, ringed on the west by the Sierra Madre Mountains fits the pattern of the land of Zarahemla and the west wilderness.
  4. The narrow strip of coast bordering the west wilderness is easily identified with the 5-10 mile coastal zone.
  5. The city of Nephi matches up with the vast archaeological site of Kaminaljuyu, which is essentially modern day Guatemala City.
  6. El Salvador may be the site of First Inheritance, where Lehi landed in the New World.
  7. This area along the Pacific Coast is a plausible site for the Jaredite landing.
  8. The Jaredite land of Moron was likely the Valley of Oaxaca.
  9. The lands northward comprise the Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Pubela, Guerrero, Mexico and possibly more.
  10. The hill Cumorah/Ramah, the final battleground site for both the Jaredites and Nephites is most likely the prominant hill Cerro Vigia in the Tuxtla Mountains of south-central Veracruz.
  11. The ancient lakes in central Mexico, (where the Aztecs built their city, which is now the city of Mexico) would correspond to this region.
  12. Possible landing site for the Mulekites. Richard Kimball Jones