Mayflower Compact Analysis

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In the early years of 1607-1620, Separatists broke free from the Church of England and decided to make a grueling journey to America aboard the Mayflower, all for religious freedom. After finally doing so, the pilgrims believed that God put them in the New World to live as a true Christian Community in the New World. They were content with living their life in Godly ways and they spoke of serving as a model for other Christians. In 1534, England broke ties with the Roman Catholic Church and formed the Church of England. Protestants, also known as, “Puritans,” wished to reform the church to “purify” it of Catholic traditions that they believed were not biblical. Although the Queen was satisfied with the changes made, English Christians were…show more content…
John Quincy Adams detailed the compact as, “The only instance in human history of the positive, original, social compact.” This compact seemed to have influenced the Declaration of Independence and the United Sates Constitution. Although the original document does not live, it appears in Mourt’s Relation, a pamphlet on the first year of settlement on Plymouth. For what we know, the text of the Mayflower compact said something like: In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, 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, etc. Having 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, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, 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 hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom.
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