Updated: Feb 24, 2020
The Mayflower Compact was an agreement written as the Mayflower sailed toward what they thought was their destination, the Colony of Virginia. A storm blew the ship off course, however, causing them to land near Cape Cod, in present day Massachusetts instead. Some of the non-Pilgrims or "Strangers" as they were called, began speaking of a mutiny. Realizing lawlessness and freedom are two separate matters, the wise men on board drew up the Mayflower Compact, shown here in part. It was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. The agreement established the goals and rules expected of all who planned to settle in the New World.