Mayflower Compact

In the name of god, amen.

We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith.

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 Northerne parts of Virginia; doe, 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 do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete 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 Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno Domini, 1620.

Mr. John Carver ~ Mr. Stephen Hopkins ~ Mr. William Bradford ~ Digery Priest ~ Mr. Edward Winslow ~ Thomas Williams ~ Mr. William Brewster ~ Gilbert Winslow ~ Isaac Allerton ~ Edmund Margesson ~ Miles Standish ~ Peter Brown ~ John Alden ~ Richard Bitteridge ~ John Turner ~ George Soule ~ Francis Eaton ~ Edward Tilly ~ James Chilton ~ John Tilly ~ John Craxton ~ Francis Cooke ~ John Billington ~ Thomas Rogers ~ Joses Fletcher ~ Thomas Tinker ~ John Goodman ~ John Ridgate ~ Mr. Samuel Fuller ~ Edward Fuller ~ Mr. Christopher Martin ~ Richard Clark ~ Mr. William Mullins ~ Richard Gardiner ~ Mr. William White ~ Mr. John Allerton ~ Mr. Richard Warren ~ Thomas English ~ John Howland ~ Edward Doten ~ Edward Liester


The given date, November 11, 1620 would have been November 21, 1620 according to the old style calendar. The signatures of 41 of the 149 passengers, 37 of whom were members of the Separatists fleeing religious persecution in Europe. This compact established the first basis in the new world for written laws.