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Mayflower compact

noun
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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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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