The Mayflower Compact (signed November 11, 1620) while still aboard the Mayflower at Province town Harbor in what is today known as Massachusetts. 41 Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact that established government for the Plymouth Colony. Even though “compact” acknowledges the signers are loyal subjects of our dear Sovereign Lord King James, it is provides for colonial self-government in the New World. They did not seek approval of King James or the British Parliament. Nor did they seek a governmental structure. The colonists determined to create their own government. They lacked the power to enact, constitute, and frame laws, ordinance, act, constitution, or office and yet believed the compact was essential and convenient for the general good of the colony.
156 years passed before the Declaration of Independence. From the beginning America was subversive to the Government rule of Tyranny. The Mayflower Compact remained enforce until 1691.
The Mayflower Compact
IN THE name of God, Amen.
We whose names are underwritten, 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 ourselves 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 whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the 11 of November, 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 Domine 1620.