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. Ron Collins: “The Overview of Pilgrims.” MayflowerFamilies.com www.mayflowerfamilies.com/colonial_life/pilgrims.htm. The pact is the first known European agreement with which a government was created by the will and approval of the governed. Previous documents, such as the Magna Carta, were imposed on a monarch by the nobility, but the Mayflower Compact was designed and signed by Commoners, all on the same social status, recognizing that collaboration was more beneficial to the common good than insisting on pursuing his own at the expense of others. This equalizing aspect of the pact then influenced the philosophy and vision of the founders of the United States. In this context, they pledged to put in place a temporary set of rules for self-decision, in accordance with the majority agreement. The “Mayflower Compact” was the agreement between the 41 male passengers of the mayflower, which founded the government form of Plymouth Colony (1620-1691 CE), signed on 11 November 1620 off the coast of Massachusetts, United States. The passengers were divided almost evenly between the religious separatists (who called themselves saints) and the others, not their faith, whom they called foreigners.
They were supposed to land in Virginia, but they had deviated from their trajectory, and when they realized that they were about 500 miles north of what they were supposed to be, and that the authority granted to them by the Virginia company, which had issued its legal charter, was null and void in that area, some foreigners discovered that English law did not apply here, claiming that once they landed, they would live as they wished, and everyone would do it for themselves. 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. Foundation for Constitutional Rights. “The foundations of our constitution: the Mayflower Pact.” (2002). Foundation for Constitutional Rights.