Mayflower Compact

 

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Painting Entitled the Mayflower Compact by Edward Percy Moran

The Mayflower Compact is a simple document. Yet, the description of the life that would be built upon a “civil Body Politick” with “just and equal laws” laid the basis for the great nation which would someday evolve from that small group of people who sailed aboard the Mayflower:

“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 England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.

“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 northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil 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 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 hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.”

Mayflower Compact

Signers of the Mayflower Compact

John Carver

William Bradford

Edward Winslow

William Brewster

Isaac Allerton

Myles Standish

John Alden

Samuel Fuller

Christopher Martin

William Mullins

William White

Richard Warren

John Howland

Stephen Hopkins

Edward Tilley

John Tilley

Francis Cooke

Thomas Rogers

Thomas Tinker

John Rigsdale

Edward Fuller

John Turner

Francis Eaton

James Chilton

John Crackstone

John Billington

Moses Fletcher

John Goodman

Degory Priest

Thomas Williams

Gilbert Winslow

Edmund Margesson

Peter Browne

Richard Britteridge

George Soule

Richard Clarke

Richard Gardiner

John Allerton

Thomas English

Edward Doty

Edward Leister

 

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