Agreement Signed By The Pilgrims Before Going Ashore
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It would have been so interesting to be a fly on the wall and listen to what was discussed. Although 41 men signed the pact, the following people played an important role as colonial leader and in shaping the Mayflower Pact: Imagine the situation: more than 100 people, cut off from each government, with a rebellion brewing. Only a firm determination would help the pilgrims to settle down and found their colony. If they didn`t work in groups, they could all die in the wild. The pilgrims understood that they needed a temporary government agency. At home, this authority came from the king. Isolated as they were in America, it could only come from the people themselves. On board the Mayflowers, pilgrims and “foreigners” necessarily concluded a written agreement or pact between them. The Mayflower Compact was probably composed by William Brewster, who had a university education, and was signed by almost all adult male settlers, including two of the indentured servants. The format of the Mayflower Pact is very similar to the pilgrims` written agreements for the founding of their separatist churches in England and Holland. As part of these agreements, the adult male members of each community decided how they should worship God. They also elected their own officials and other Church officials. This model of ecclesial autonomy served as a model for political autonomy in the Mayflower Pact. The colonists had no intention of declaring their independence from England by signing the Mayflower Pact.
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