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Mayflower Agreement

Tensions were heightened when the settlers demanded that the peace agreement mean that the Wampanoag surrendered all weapons and hanged three of the tribe for murder in 1675. This is how the settlers created the “Mayflower Compact” upon their arrival. Signed by 41 men on board, the pact was a cooperation agreement for the good of the colony. They would look at the issues by voting, creating constitutional and majority rights. On the Looking Glass website in www.mayflowerfamilies.com you will find a wide variety of information about colonial life, the Mayflower Compact, Mayflower passengers and Indians. The site also contains the Document Center for Access to Information on various documents in New England and early U.S. documents. The Mayflower Compact was designed and signed on November 21, 1620 aboard the Mayflower. The “Federation of Plantations”, which was interfering in a separatist federation of the Church, was a document that established a “civil body policy” (a transitional government) until one could be established in a more sustainable way (ibid.). The agreement established the principles of an autonomous body that is not completely separated from the King of England. The Mayflower Compact pursued the idea of the law that was made by and for people. This idea is at the heart of democracy and has played a major role in the creation of a new democratic nation (Constitutional Rights Foundation 2002). When Ousamequin died in 1662, his son and heir Metacom no longer believed in the value of the alliance with the settlers.

The collapse of trade agreements and the aggressive expansion of the colonies left relations at a turning point. In this context, they pledged to put in place a temporary set of rules for self-decision, in accordance with the majority agreement. In 1802, John Quincy Adams described the agreement as “the only example in human history of this positive, original and social pact” and it is generally accepted that it influenced the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. 5. Take a final vote. Decide whether the pact`s approval should be approved unanimously, with a two-thirds majority or a simple majority. After the vote on the Mayflower II pact, everyone who agrees should sign it. After a 65-day sea voyage, pilgrims saw Cape Cod on November 19, 1620.

As they were unable to reach the originally agreed country, they bittered on November 21 at Provincetown (Collins) Square. Many boasted that “no one had the power to command them” and openly proclaimed that “if they came ashore, they would use their own freedom, because no one had the power to command them, the patent they had for Virginia, not for New England, which belonged to another government with which the Virginia Company had nothing to do” (Cline 2003). Differences of opinion on governance issues led to the development of the pact. Foundation for Constitutional Rights. “The foundations of our constitution: the Mayflower Pact.” (2002). Foundation for Constitutional Rights. www.crf-usa.org/Foundation_docs/Foundation_lesson_mayflower.html. The pilgrims gained access to the present port of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and decided to develop an agreement that would give them an attempt at legal status.


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