Did you know where Lehi landed in America? I stumbled upon its location today at lunch.
I was thinking about Jeff Holland's recent video, which made me think of Mr. Holland's Opus, which made me think of Copus, which led me to look up the Copus Massacre, which got me on a hunt for Charles Mill Lake, OH, which got me started looking at maps of the region Joseph Smith lived in, which got me to looking at old maps, which got me to looking at the Book of Mormon Geography, which got me to this website: http://www.bookofmormongeography.net/map.htm
...which makes the following claim:
Q. Did Joseph Smith say anything about geography?
A. Yes. He did say that:
Lehi landed in the Americas a little south of the Isthmus of Darien, Panama.
Times and Seasons, vol. 3 (November 1841-October 1842), Vol. 3 No. 22 September 15, 1842 927
Of course, this made me very curious because I had never heard of such a statement by Joseph Smith. It turns out that Time and Seasons are available online: http://www.centerplace.org/history/ts
in case you didn't know.
The above reference is slightly off. The statement indicating Lehi's landing point is actually on page 922 of the said vol and No. It reads:
"FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS."
From an extract from "Stephens' Incidents of Travel in Central America," it will be seen that the proof of the Nephites and Lamanites dwelling on this continent, according to the account in the Book of Mormon, is developing itself in a more satisfactory way than the most sanguine believer in that revelation, could have anticipated. It certainly affords us a gratification that the world of mankind does not enjoy, to give publicity to such important developments of the remains and ruins of those might people.
When we read in the Book of Mormon that Jared and his brother came on to this continent from the confusion and scattering at the Tower, and lived here more than a thousand years, and covered the whole continent from sea to sea, with towns and cities; and that Lehi went down by the Red Sea to the great Southern Ocean, and crossed over to this land and landed a little south of the Isthmus of Darien, and improved the country according to the word of the Lord, as a branch of the house of Israel, and then read such a goodly traditionary account, as the one below, we can not but think the Lord has a hand in bringing to pass his strange act, and proving the Book of Mormon true in the eyes of all the people. The extract below, comes as near the real fact, as the four Evangelists do to the crucifixion of Jesus.-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 Guatimala [Guatemala], the kings of Quinche 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 lieutenant general appointed by Pedro de Alvarado, and which Fuentes says he obtained by means of Father Francis Vasques, the historian of the order of San Francis, the Toltecas themselves descended from the house of Israel, who were released by Moses from the tyranny of Pharaoh, 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, and 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."