In 1620 the Mayflower Compact was signed by forty-one men on the voyage to America. The Mayflower Compact was the first plan of self-government.
This form of self-government allowed the pilgrims to be able to chose their own leaders and make their own laws. This appealed to all of the voyagers because everyone likes the idea of being their own individual person. This contract bound all signers into following and abiding by all the laws that were made but it also allowed individual freedom. The Compact ended up being the foundation of Plymouth’s government. Although this was the beginning of a new government it was not a constitution. The
Mayflower Compact was signed off the cost of Massachusetts. The reasoning for the beginning of this new government was the need to feel independent
after being ruled by England and the want to be self-governed. The colonists were also afraid that people would leave the colonist and settle of their own if they didn’t have something worth staying for. Today we still feel the effects of the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact helped lay down some of the foundation for the government that we have today. Thanks partly to the Compact the U.S.A. is a self-governed country, and every person has individual rights. This also helped us have the ability to create our own laws. The Mayflower Compact was probably one of the most unique compact ever signed because it was signed on a boat instead of a legal courtroom. It may not be one of the most important but it will always be remembered.