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Did the Book of Mormon Events take place in the United States?

According to the geographical information in the Book of Mormon, and archaeological and historical information available to us today.  That part of the United States known as the "heartland” area in the United States is not the location of where the main events of the Book of Mormon took place. 

The main Book of Mormon events took place in Mesoamerica.  

Some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have made statements and provided information to the public that is not accurate.
Leaders in the Church,
 [Joseph Fielding Smith, quoted by Elder Bruce R. McConkie], have also made various statements that they later stated were of their own personal "opinions".  

As the following linked information indicate.

The following Links are from Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum.

Short Summary of Problems with Rod Meldrum's "Heartland"   (By Gregory Smith)

Wayne May Distorts Facts about Hill Cumorah  (By Duane Dahlem Jan. 2010)

Review of Wayne N. May's This Land: Zarahemla and the Nephite Nation   (By Joe V. Andersen, Aug. 2009)

Meldrum's Attempt at Scholarly Certification  (By Douglas K. Christensen, Oct. 2, 2013)

Heartland as Hinterland  (by Mark Alan Wright, a quote by Mark; "The core locations and events detailed in the text of the Book of Mormon took place in Mesoamerica, but many Nephites and Lamanites migrated and established settlements far northward of the core area and are thus simply outside the scope of the, [Book of Mormon], text.” )

The Prophecies and Promises of 1 Nephi 13:30–31 That Invalidate the Heartland Theory for New World Book of Mormon Geograph  (by Joe V. Andersen and Ted Dee Stoddard)

The following articles are by Tyler Livingston:

Book of Mormon Geography Commentaries

Book of Mormon Lands Proposals

Book of Mormon Names and Places

The Great Lakes"Heartland" Model 

Truth about Joseph Smith's Beliefs on Geography of The Book of Mormon 

Zelph in relation to Book of Mormon geography  Zelph - "...satellite groups of the Nephites/Lamanites and not necessarily have been the same groups recorded in The Book of Mormon." -?

Response to Jonathan Neville’s Two Books: Moroni’s America: The North American Setting for the Book of Mormon and Letter VII, (by Joe V. Anderseng, 1916)