The Mayflower Compact, 11 November, 1620

Sign on Ye Olde Line-e

The Mayflower Compact, 11 November, 1630

This is the first “democratic” document in America…

  • Passengers are loyal subjects of King James
    • In order to advance Christian faith and the honor of the king & country, they wish to settle a colony in Northern Virginia
    • Combine themselves into a civil body politic to order, preserve  & preserve their goals
    • Will enact, constitute & frame equal & just laws, acts, etc. When it’s best for the colony, they will meet up to revise them. They promise all due submission & obedience
    • Signed in Cape Cod (Massachusetts, not in Virginia – must have got lost), 1620

 

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