Something Different – November 2020

Pilgrim Politics

Approximately one year prior to the pilgrims’ landmark feast in 1621, the Mayflower landed off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a waterside settlement later deemed Plymouth Colony. In an attempt to establish a united body between the colonists, the pilgrims enacted a unique set of laws under the Mayflower Compact, a document that ultimately paved the way for the creation of America’s modern-day democracy. 

Here are a few fun facts about the Mayflower Compact:

  • Before any settler disembarked the ship, the Mayflower Compact was drafted and signed by 41 passengers.
  • It established a “civil body politick” that worked for the good of the Colony by following the same laws, ordinances, and other ruling acts.
  • The 1620 document became the New World’s first written constitution. 
  • The Mayflower Compact was the first in Western history to establish a consensual government between settlers and not between individuals and a monarch.
  • It inspired both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the revolutionary notion that powers should be derived from the consent of the governed.

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