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The Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11, 1620 aboard the ship of the same name: the Mayflower. The Mayflower Compact was the first written government document in the United States. See the fact file below for more information on the Mayflower Compact or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- The Mayflower was the ship that transported the first pilgrims from England to the New World (North America).
- There were approximately 130 people on board the Mayflower when she set sail for North America and despite a very difficult journey, most of the crew survived.
- It’s believed that some of the pilgrims were trying to flee religious persecution from King James of England. These pilgrims were known as the ‘Separatists’.
- The other pilgrims aboard the ship were tradesmen and adventurers who were known as ‘Strangers.’
- The Mayflower voyage ended at the harbor at Cape Cod (Massachusetts).
- The pilgrims named their new settlement ‘New Plimouth’ after where they had set sail in England. The town is now called Plymouth.
- When the pilgrims dropped anchor in Cape Cod they wrote the Mayflower Compact, a government document aiming to establish legal order.
- The Mayflower Compact was needed because the Separatists and Strangers on board the ship couldn’t agree on the rules of settlement.
- The Mayflower Compact acted as an agreement between all the pilgrims that they would try to live together harmoniously in order to survive.
- The Mayflower Compact was signed on board the Mayflower ship.
- 41 of the ship’s passengers signed the Mayflower Compact.
- All of the people who signed the Mayflower Compact were male. Women and children were not allowed to sign the Compact.
- The Mayflower Compact is often described as America’s first constitution.
The Mayflower Compact said:
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 advancements 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 another, covenant and combine ourselves 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 hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, 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, 1620.
The Mayflower Compact Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Mayflower Compact Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Mayflower Compact which was signed on November 11, 1620 aboard the ship of the same name: the Mayflower. The Mayflower Compact was the first written government document in the United States.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Mayflower Compact Facts
- America’s First Constitution
- Probe Into Pilgrims
- Sign Scramble
- Mayflower Crossword Puzzle
- All About Cape Cod
- Bookmark It
- Fact Or Fake
- Mayflower Word Search
- Present Day Constitution
- Class Constitution
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