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John Carver Following The Mayflower Compact

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Following the creation of the Mayflower compact, John Carver was the first elected governor of Plymouth. However, he died during the first winter and was succeeded by William Bradford. He was elected in 1621 and served for over eleven years in total. The colony was able to survive and become self-sufficient for numerous years. However, by the 1640s, Plymouth’s fur trade had dissipated and they became increasingly more of a theocracy. In an attempt to make more money, the leaders of the colony, William Bradford, Thomas Prence, and Edward Winslow, established a state church which required the people to pay taxes to the church as well as fines for not attending church. Despite their efforts, Pilgrim ministers still lacked sufficient money.
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