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The Mayflower Compact

The Pilgrims journeyed from England on the ship, “Mayflower” and landed in Cape Cod harbor. The Pilgrims drafted an agreement regarding the government of the settlement. That agreement is now known as “The Mayflower Compact.”

In ye name of God, Amen.
We whose names are underwritten,
the loyall subjects of our
dread soveraigne Lord, King James,
by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine,
France, and Ireland king,
defender of ye faith, &.,
haveing undertaken,
for ye glory of God,
and advancement of ye Christian faith,

and honor of our king and countrie,
a voyage to plant ye first colonie
in the Northerne parts of Virginia,
doe by these presents solemnly & mutualy
in ye presence of God, and one of another,
covenant & combine our selves
togeather into a civill body politick,
for our better ordering &
preservation & furtherance
of ye ends aforesaid;
and by vertue hearof do enacte,
constitute, and frame such just &
equall lawes, ordinances, acts,
constitutions, & offices, from time to time,
as shall be thought most meete &
convenient for ye generall good
of ye Colonie, unto which we
promise all due submission
and obedience. In witnes
wherof we have hereunder subscribed
our names at Cap-Codd ye 11. of November,
in ye year of ye raigne of our soveraigne
lord, King James, of England,
France, & Ireland ye
eighteenth, and of Scotland
ye fiftie-fourth.
Ano. Dom. 1620.

[Emphases added]

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