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A Mormon writer theorizes about the origins of Aztalan in 1845

The Journey of Lehi and his family from Jerusalem to the continent of America, in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah King of Judeah, previous to the Babylonish captivity. The Vision of Lehi.


Mormon archaeologists theorize that the Olmec civilization in Mexico, considered by many to be the first civilization established in the Americas, bears a striking resemblance to that of the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. In 1839, an unnamed Mormon writer visited Wisconsin and the remains of Aztalan, and proposed that the ancient mounds there were actually built by a people who would eventually move on to Mexico and become this first civilization. This article describes his trip and the evidence he used to support his claims.

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Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Mississippian Culture and Aztalan
Effigy Mounds Culture
Creator: Unknown
Pub Data: The Prophet (New York), vol. 1 no. 42. 8 March 1845. (OCLC: 32440081)
Citation: "The Journey of Lehi and his family from Jerusalem to the continent of America, in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah King of Judeah, previous to the Babylonish captivity. The Vision of Lehi." The Prophet (New York; 8 March 1845); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1435; Visited on: 4/17/2014
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