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The
MAYFLOWER COMPACT
1620

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When they arrived at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in the late fall of 1620, the Pilgrims had been expecting to land in a much warmer clime -- Virginia. Their pilot's error, coupled with a shortage of supplies, resulted in the first colony established in the northern states.

Upon their arrival, they assembled in the tiny cabin of the Mayflower and created this Compact, by which they agreed to live together in a community governed by laws and by their faith.

They spent that first hard winter aboard the Mayflower, staving off starvation through the luck of finding a buried store of Indian corn. Nonetheless many of them died before spring arrived.

Our knowledge of the Compact and the tribulations of the Pilgrims is derived from the writings of William Bradford, Mayflower passenger and second governor of Plymouth.



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The
MAYFLOWER COMPACT
1620
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereigne Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, France and Ireland king, defender of the faith,etc., having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne parts of Virginia, doe, by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill body politick, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enacte, constitute and frame such just and equall laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the generall good of the Colonie unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd the 11. of November, in the year of the raigne of our sovereigne lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fiftie fourth. Anno. Dom. 1620.
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