The History Of The Mayflower Compact : 1620

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Mayflower Compact: 1620
Major changes were happening in England, unhappy people wanted an escape, separation from the Church of England and the King himself. So people were taking long, daunting journeys overseas to the New World in search of a new life and beginning. But, the English were not the only ones making such journeys to get to the New World, the Spanish were already there, the Dutch were coming, along with the French. Quite a few countries were fighting over this piece of land to stake a claim; these colonies were the first steps for each country into the new territory. The first English colony to be established was Jamestown, it was a test run of sorts to see the environment and the land, to exploit this ‘New World.’ It was not very successful in the beginning, but once John Smith arrived, the colony strater getting better with the help of Pocahontas. This was the beginning of one colony.
The Mayflower Compact, enacted November 11, 1620, stated that the group of people who settled in Plymouth, Virginia were required to follow this “civil Body Politick” (“Mayflower Compact : 1620.” Avalon Project - Mayflower Compact : 1620) and obey all of the laws for this new colony. It gave the Pilgrims their own freedom and chance to govern themselves in this new, foreign land. The compact was in no way an act of defiance to England, they even state in “Honour of our King and Country” (“Mayflower Compact : 1620.” Avalon Project - Mayflower Compact : 1620) which shows their
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