Land of the Brave

Words & Text of the Mayflower Compact

Colonial America - Land of the Brave

The Text and Words of the Mayflower Compact which were written by the future colonist of the Plymouth Colony in November 1620.

The Mayflower Compact was written whilst the passengers were still on the Mayflower ship. The Mayflower Compact specified basic laws and social rules for the new colony and served as a foundation for the democratic structure of the settlers.

The document contains extremely important concepts that helped to shape the History of America.

THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT
(November, 1620)

The In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth.

Anno Dom. 1620.

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