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The Mayflower Compact


November 11, 1620

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, 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 the Honour 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 ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, 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 hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.

John Alden Isaac Allerton John Allerton
John Billington William Bradford William Brewster
Richard Britteridge Peter Browne John Carver
James Chilton Richard Clarke Francis Cooke
John Crackston Edward Dotey Francis Eaton
Thomas English Moses Fletcher Edward Fuller
Samuel Fuller Richard Gardiner John Goodman
Stephen Hopkins John Howland Edward Leister
Edward Tilley Edmund Margeson Christopher Martin
William Mullins Degory Priest Thomas Rogers
John Rigdale Georoe Soule Myles Standish
Thomas Tinker John Tilley John Turner
Richard Warren Thomas Williams Edward Winslow
Gilbert Winslow William White