William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America


The Mayflower Compact

November 11, 1620

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, c.

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 civill 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 Generall Good of the Colonie; 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. Samuel Fuller Edward Tilly
Mr. William Bradford Mr. Christopher Martin John Tilly
Mr Edward Winslow Mr. William Mullins Francis Cooke
Mr. William Brewster Mr. William White Thomas Rogers
Isaac Allerton Mr. Richard Warren Thomas Tinker
Myles Standish John Howland John Ridgdale
John Alden Mr. Steven Hopkins Edward Fuller
John Turne Digery Priest Richard Clark
Francis Eaton Thomas Williams Richard Gardiner
James Chilton Gilbert Winslow Mr. John Allerton
John Craxton Edmund Margesson Thomas English
John Billington Peter Brown Edward Doten
Joses Fletcher Richard Britteridge Edward Liester
John Goodman George Soule  



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