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Mayflower compact

noun
1.
an agreement to establish a government, entered into by the Pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower on November 11, 1620.
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  • One of the chief paintings represents the signing of the memorable "Mayflower compact."

  • Upon this great monument are also representations of the landing of the Pilgrims, 16 their names, and the "Mayflower compact."

  • There was no Mayflower compact with the bushmen when Englishmen decided to live with the natives in Australia.

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An agreement reached by the Pilgrims on the ship the Mayflower in 1620, just before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower Compact bound them to live in a civil society according to their own laws. It remained the fundamental law of their colony of Plymouth until the colony was absorbed into Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century.

Note: The Mayflower Compact was the first written constitution in North America.
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