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Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1848
AuthorsPratt, Orson
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number22
Date Published15 November 1848
KeywordsAncient America – Mesoamerica; Archaeology; Jaredites; Lehites; Spaulding Manuscript

In this article, Pratt takes issue with a statement from the New York Sun that “Yucatan is the grave of a great nation that has mysteriously passed away and left behind no history.” Pratt claims that the Jaredites and descendants of Lehi inhabited that area and left their history in the Book of Mormon. He identifies the region of the Yucatan as the land of Desolation, and rejects the Spaulding theory.