The Mayflower Compact was the first written law document of America. Second president of America John Adams once mentioned that Mayflower Compact is the foundation of US constitution which was written more than 150 years before him. The Mayflower Compact was signed by the colonosits who crossed Atlantic Ocean on their ship Mayflower. It was the first written law to be introduced in the Plymouth Colony. It was signed on November 11, 1620 by 41 out of 101 ship crew members near the province town harbor.
Why Mayflower Compact was signed?
The colonist who were later called pilgrims were convinced that early colonist were not able to settle properly in the US as they were not having proper law and order. They decided to make their own law that were different from the conventional English Laws. The main demand of the colonist was that they wished to to practice Christianity in their own way. They also decided to be governed by a man who comes within them and not an outsider. Major aim of Mayflower Compact was to device a law which will be beneficial for the settlers of the New World.
Details of the Mayflower Compact
The major aim of colonist while signing Mayflower Compact was to restore their dignity. They believed that there work will ensure ‘Advancements of the Christian Faith and Honor of our King and Country’. The law will help in organizing their society and ensuring good governance. Rule will be composed of ‘Just and Equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions’.
The US was established by people who honored God and principle of Bible and Americans lived there life with sincerity, reliability, and equality.