Definition: The Mayflower
Compact was a document signed by 41 male Pilgrims on
November 21, 1620. By signing this document, the men agreed
to form a temporary government and be bound by its laws. The
compact became the basis of government in the Plymouth
The Mayflower Compact
Read the text, find out who signed it, discover more about how it came about.
William Bradford: Plymouth Colony's Inspiration
A poor orphan, he rose to prominence and governed the Plymouth Colony for 30 years.
Pilgrims: Voyage to
Follow the Pilgrims as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean,
from England to America, in search of religious freedom. See
who they meet when they land in New England. Find out about
the first Thanksgiving.
on the Web:
This text-heavy site gives a huge amount of detail about the
world the Pilgrims lived in.
Brief History of the
This is a great site! It has the text of the Compact and
several other agreements, all kinds of settlers lists,
information about the clothing the Pilgrims wore and the way
they lived, even information about Squanto and other people
of the Wampanoag tribe.
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