Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York by O. Turner – 1850
**The perimeter of the Holland Land Purchase directly mirrors ancient Book of Mormon lands. Map
From the Title Page:
“Pioneer History of the Holland Land Purchase of Western New York embracing some account of the Ancient Remains; a brief history of our immediate predecessors, the Confederated Iroquois, their system of government, wars, etc. A synopsis of Colonial History; some notices of the border wars of the revolution; and a history pioneer settlement under the auspices of the Holland Company; including reminiscences of the War of 1812; the origin, progress and completion of the Erie Canal, etc.”
“And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord that it was upon the Gentiles and they did prosper and obtain (buy) the land for their inheritance.” (1 Nephi 13:15)
Is it a coincidence that Orsamus and Joseph were contemporaries? That he wrote the very book that validates Book of Mormon prophecy? (“Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision Through Reminiscences” by Richard Lloyd Anderson, BYU Studies, vol. 9, no. 3 [Spring 1969], p. 376)
(704 pp., Printed 1850)
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Notes on the Iroquois; or Contributions to American History, Antiquities, and General Ethnology by Henry R Schoolcraft – 1847
As heirs of Book of Mormon lands, the Iroquois Nation enjoyed the blessings associated with them and became a mighty nation. They controlled, then sold the land from which the Book of Mormon came forth.
“Although the Iroquois are the most thoroughly researched of all prehistoric groups in New York, information is still lacking on the exact origin of the culture.” (General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant Expansion, Stage 1 Archaeological Investigation, OPRHP, No. 00 PR 116, August 4, 2000, p. 3-23)
The fact remains, however, that to date no direct links have been discovered to prove cultural continuity between between late Owasco and early Iroquois. (Ibid, p. 3-24)
A study of their history nonetheless is important for gaining a true understanding of fulfilled Book of Mormon prophecies.
From the Intro:
“It seemed desirable that before the modern materials of the Iroquois history could be well employed, we should accumulate something tangible and certain of their general polity, wars, and actual statistics, and also something of the ancient period of their earlier traditions, and lore, which might help the inquirer to clear up the boundaries of historical mystery which shroud the Indian period prior to 1492.”
(520 pp., Printed 1847)
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A Geographical History of the State of New York: embracing its history, government, physical features, climate, geology, mineralogy, botany, zoology, education, internal improvements, &c.; with a separate map of each county. The whole forming a complete history of the state, by J. H. Mather and L. P. Brockett – 1848
As God inspired the Book of Mormon to come forth, so too did He inspire other books that would confirm the Book of Mormon. This is another one:
38 And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren and also the book of the Lamb of God which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew that it came forth from the Gentiles unto the remnant of the seed of my brethren.
39 And after it had come forth unto them I BEHELD OTHER BOOKS which came forth by the power of the Lamb, FROM THE GENTILES unto them unto the CONVINCING of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true! (1 Nephi 13)
(426 pp., Printed 1848)
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Ancient Man in America Including Works in Western New York and Portions of Other States, by Frederick Larkin, M.D. – 1880
As God inspired the Book of Mormon to come forth, so too did He inspire other books that would confirm the Book of Mormon. This book documents the archaeological and historical sites of the ancient Land of Nephi and surrounding Lamanite lands.
“The theory that the ancient works located in Western New York were those of the modern Indians I consider erroneous and have endeavored to present evidence that those mounds and fortifications were the works of the Mound Builders (Lamanites), or more especially those which contain copper relics and mica.” (Preface, Larkin)
“I am well aware that it will add but a trifle to the great number of elaborate works already before the public; although what is presented in regard to many of the ancient works and relics found in Western New York which have been explored ONLY BY MYSELF, must necessarily interest those in search of new discoveries.“
“My theory that the pre-historic races used, to some extent, the great American elephant, or mastodon, I believe is new and no doubt will be considered visionary by many readers…Finding the form of an elephant engraved upon a copper relic some six inches long and four wide…in harness with a sort of breast-collar with tugs reaching past the hips, first led me to adopt that theory.” (Ibid)
(290 pp., Printed 1880)
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History of Niagara County, N.Y., by Sanford & Company – 1878
As God inspired the Book of Mormon to come forth, so too did He inspire other books that would confirm the Book of Mormon. This book documents many of the archaeological and historical sites of what was once the Land Northward of Book of Mormon times.
History of Niagara county, N.Y., with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, private residences, public buildings, fine blocks, and important manufactories, and portraits of old pioneers and prominent residents. First published in 1878.
(542 pp., Printed 1878)
To order click: ISBN 1601354886
1st Edition Enlarged Book of Mormon 1830 Replica
This is a non-denominational Book of Mormon.
It is an authentic, 1st Edition, 1830 Book of Mormon replica. It has been enlarged from its original size of 5.5 x 8.5 and 572 pages to 6.14 x 9.21 and 620 pages, to make for easier reading.
a. Early Revelations pertaining to the Book of Mormon
b. Original Table of References
c. Cross Reference Chart to current LDS chapter and verses
d. Modern-day pictures of Book of Mormon historical sites
To order click: ISBN 1601357036
The Burned-over District: The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800-1850 by Whitney R. Cross, 1950
“During the first half of the nineteenth century the wooded hills and the valleys of western New York State were swept by fires of the spirit. The fervent religiosity of the region caused historians to call it the ‘burned-over district.'” -Product Description
“The late Whitney R. Cross was Assistant Professor of History at West Virginia University.” – About the Author
Which fulfilled Book of Mormon prophecy:
“The powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.” (3 Nephi 20:22)
Which was not fulfilled anywhere else!
Western New York Heritage Magazine
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Remembering Niagara: Tales from Beyond the Falls, Robert Kostoff
“Under the spray of the majestic Niagara Falls, the Iroquois built a nation, the War of 1812 raged and newly married couples honeymooned. In Remembering Niagara, local journalist Bob Kostoff has collected the best of his Nuggets of Niagara County History column, first published in the Niagara Falls Reporter, documenting the county’s history from its early settlers through later engineering marvels. Among the stories are tales of the mysterious early mound builders and a kite-flying youngster who played a key role in the engineering of the first suspension bridge across the Niagara gorge.” (Product Description)
Bruce S. Kershener
- Edible Wild Plants of Western New York by Bruce S. Kershner
- Guide to ancient forests of Zoar Valley by Bruce Kershner
- Cascades, cataracts, and chasms: A guide to the waterfalls of western New York and nearby Ontario by Bruce Kershner
- Buffalo’s backyard wilderness: An ecological study of the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods State Nature Preserve by Bruce S Kershner
Rondal Wright – Stolen Continents
Provides an introduction to the Iroquois Nation (and other nations) using many primary sources from the Indians.
Michael Leroy Oberg – Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794 – Critical Historical Encounters Series – Oxford University Press, 2015
Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794 offers a glimpse into how native peoples participated in the intercultural diplomacy of the New Nation and how they worked to protect their communities against enormous odds. The book introduces students, in detail, to the Treaty of Canandaigua, which is little known outside of Central New York. It examines how the Six Nations of the Iroquois secured from the United States a recognition of their sovereign status as separate polities with the right to the “free use and enjoyment” of their lands. (Amazon Book Description)