Below is a copy of the Mayflower Compact (with modern spelling and punctuation). Analyze and interpret the document in order to answer the questions below.

Mayflower Compact

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, 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 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 of another, covenant and combine our selves 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 where of we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], 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. Anno Dom. 1620.

Questions

1. What information can you derive about those who composed the Mayflower Compact?

2. What was the primary objective of the Compact?

3. What can you derive, from the document, regarding the author’s opinions about their king?

4. How do ideas in the Mayflower Compact reflect the basic concepts of American Democracy?

-Civil body politic, self-governance, majority rule ect.

 
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