Mayflower compact


noun

an agreement to establish a government, entered into by the Pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower on November 11, 1620.

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Mayflower Compact

An agreement reached by the Pilgrims on the ship the Mayflower in 1620, just before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower Compact bound them to live in a civil society according to their own laws. It remained the fundamental law of their colony of Plymouth until the colony was absorbed into Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century.

notes for Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was the first written constitution in North America.
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