The Mesoamerican model is built entirely on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (narrow neck of land) and the east and west sea. The narrow neck of land and the east and west sea were not mentioned until 500 years after arriving in the promised land. This is because the Lehites landed in the Gulf Coast area and retreated northward to the hill Cumorah and Great Lakes region to escape the Lamanite wrath. It was over 300 years before the Nephites discovered the Mulekites.
The east and west sea refer to the Great Lakes. The narrow neck of land is the Isthmus of Niagara. Niagara means "neck of land." It is 21 miles from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie on a line parallel with the Niagara River and the Welland Ship Canal--a very good candidate for a Nephite journey of a day or day and a half. It is 136 miles across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and a 61-hour (7, 8-hour days or 5, 12-hour days) journey (3.3/mph) on the shortest road in the area. Without roads, it could easily take 3 or 4 weeks or more!
The Bernhisel letter has been shown not to have been written by Joseph Smith and the articles in the times and season where signed NA. I have read the Book of Mormon many times in it it tell us where the Promised land is. The Jaredite and the Nephites told us that the New Jerusalem was to be built on the Promised Land. Joseph Smith was told where the New Jerusalem was to be built. It's pretty obvious where the Promised Land is when the Book of Mormon tell us that the Gentiles would upton that same land and that it would be a Land of Liberty. Also it would be a Nation above all other Nations. Christ being the God of that land. There is only one Hill Cumorah!
The Times and Seasons articles were written by Benjamin Winchester and printed by William Smith who was acting as editor. Joseph Smith knew exactly where the Book of Mormon took place, there was no confusion.
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