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Mayflower Compact In the name of God Amen We whose names are underwritten 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 etchaving 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 promise in the presence of God and one of another covenant and combine ourselves into a civil Body Politik 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 Good of the Colony unto which we promise all due submission and obedience On November 21 1620 forty-one men signed the Mayflower Compact a contract modeled after a Separatist church covenant by which each man agreed to establish a Civil Body Politik and to be bound by its laws This agreement was thought necessary because there were rumors that some of the non-Separatists among the crew would defy the Pilgrims if they landed in a place other than the one specified in the land grant they had received from the Virginia Company The Pilgrims did not land in the northern parts of Virginia were they were granted by the kings charter Instead they landed in Plymouth Massachusetts In order to keep peace and prevent mutiny from occurring they formed the Mayflower Compact which is a document basically like the charter granting rights or privileges to the settlers in the new colony The compact became the basis of government in the Plymouth Colony and later on it became the fundamental framework of government The Mayflower Compact is
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