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Where did the Jaredites come from before they arrived at Hill Ramah ?
Waters of Ripliancum to Hill Ramah- The Jaredites traveled from the waters of Ripliancum southward to the hill Ramah area, which became the scene of their last battles. Ether 15:10-11 In the map above, there is a narrow strip of land south of Lake Ontario and north of hill Ramah. This land has many streams, rivers, lakes, etc. The term "waters" aptly describes this area, and is a likely spot for the waters of Ripliacum.
Plains of Agosh to Waters of Ripliancum-
Before they reached the waters of Ripliancum, the Jaredites were at the plains of Agosh. The Jaredite record mentions the people traveled east from the plains of Agosh until they arrived at the waters of Ripliancum. According to the writers’ description, the land of Agosh needs to have a seashore on both the east (Ether 14:26) and west (Ether 14:13) sides. Moving westward from hill Ramah and the waters of Ripliancum, the Jaredite record places the land of Agosh in what is now Ontario, Canada on the map above, and that land does include seas on the east and west.
Why are the plains of Agosh significant?
Millions of Jaredites died there. The land of Agosh had been a scene "of bloodshed and carnage, that the whole face of the land was covered with the bodies of the dead." [Ether 14:21] The record continues in verses 22 and 23:
22 And so swift and speedy was the war that there was none left to bury the dead, but they did march forth from the shedding of blood to the shedding of blood, leaving the bodies of both men, women, and children strewed upon the face of the land, to become a prey to the worms of the flesh.
23 And the scent thereof went forth upon the face of the land, even upon all the face of the land; wherefore the people became troubled by day and by night, because of the scent thereof.
This information about the plains of Agosh is extremely important as we discuss the Nephites’ travel through the area, and the correlating descriptions of the Nephite record-keepers.
Instead of using the Jaredite name “Ramah” for the large hill in western New York, the Nephites called it “Cumorah.” [Ether 15:11] But their descriptions of the area are remarkably similar. The Nephites identified Cumorah as "the land of many waters", and the Jaredites termed the area north of Ramah as “the waters