Mayflower Compact

Mayflower Compact  (1620) 

the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was drafted by the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower, seeking religious freedom. It was signed on November 11, 1620 (OS) in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod."

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.

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Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the 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 enact, 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 Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno. Domini, 1620.

John Carver [sig]
John Howland [sig]
William Brewster [sig]
Edward Winslow [sig]
George Soule [sig]
William Bradford [sig]
Isaac Allerton [sig]
Samuel Fuller [sig]
John Craxton [sig]
Miles Standish [sig]
Christopher Martin [sig]
William Mullins [sig]
William White [sig]
Stephen Hopkins [sig]
Edward Doten [sig]
Edward Liester [sig]
Richard Warren [sig]
John Billington [sig]
Edward Tilly [sig]
John Tilly [sig]
Francis Cooke [sig]
Thomas Rogers [sig]
Thomas Tinker [sig]
John Rigdale [sig]
James Chilton [sig]
Edward Fuller [sig]
John Turner [sig]
Francis Eaton [sig]
Moses Fletcher [sig]
John Goodman [sig]
Thomas Williams [sig]
Digery Priest [sig]
Edmond Margesson [sig]
Peter Brown [sig]
Richard Bitteridge [sig]
Richard Clark [sig]
Richard Gardiner [sig]
Gilbert Winslow [sig]
John Alden [sig]
John Allerton [sig]
Thomas English [sig]

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.