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The Mayflower Compact (1620)
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In the Name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; and by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. In WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of England, France, and Ireland. The eighteenth and of Scotland, the fifty-fourth. Anno domini, 1620.
 
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John Craxton
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Questions:
 
1.  What words in this document establish a belief in self-government?
 
2.  What words in this document establish a belief in government by mutual consent?
 
3.  What words in this document establish a belief in the rule of law?
 
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