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The Mayflower Compact - Cape Cod, 11 Nov 1620
 
Overview and The Mayflower Compact
 
Overview: The Mayflower Compact

On the 11th day of November. 1620 (old style), there was drawn on the lid of a chest on board of the Mayflower in Plymouth harbor, and signed by forty-one of the principal men of the first band of Pilgrims, a platform of government known as the Compact, and which gave to these people the claim of being the first "signers" of this great and free United States of America.
 
The Compact
 
In Ye Name of God, Amen.
We whose names are underwritten, the loyall subjects of our dread sovereigne Lord, King James, by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, King, defender of ye faith, etc., having undertaken for ye glory of God and advancemente of ye Christian faith, and honour of our King and countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia, doe by these
presents solemnly, and mutualy, in ye presence of God, and of one another, covenant and combine ourselves togeather into a civill body politik for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of ye end aforesaid, and by vertue hearof to enacte, constitute and frame such just and equall lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices from time to time, as shall be thought most
meete and convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witnes whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye 11 of November, in ye year of ye raign of our sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, ye eighteenth, and of Scotland ye fiftie-fourth, Ano Dom. 1620.

 

John Carver | Edward Tilley | Degory Priest | John Carver | William Bradford | John Tilley | Thomas Williams | Edward Winslow | Francis Cooke | Gilbert Winslow | William Brewster | Thomas Rogers | Edmund Margeson | Isaac Allerton | Thomas Tinker | Peter Brown | Myles Standish | John Rigdale | Richard Britteridge | John Alden | Edward Fuller | George Soule | Samuel Fuller | John Turner | Richard Clarke | Christopher Martin | Francis Eaton | Richard Gardiner | William Mullins | James Chilton | John Allerton | William White | John Crackston | Thomas English | Richard Warren | John Billington | Edward Dotey | John Howland | Moses Fletcher | Edward Lister | Stephen Hopkins | John Goodman

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