Mayflower Compact. Reading Questions.

The Mayflower Compact (agreement) is a very short text, but very significant in American history and in the history of American democracy. The year was 1620, and the concept of democracy was still foreign, since most of Europe was governed by kings and queens. The place where the Mayflower pilgrims settled, Plymouth Plantation, did not have any government. Since they all had to depend on each other for survival, they decided to sign an agreement that they will elect their officials, and that they will all obey those whom they have elected. These are the main principles of democracy.

What you should know:
  1. What was Plymouth Plantation?
  2. Who was William Bradford?
  3. Who were the members who sailed on the Mayflower?
  4. When was the Mayflower Compact signed?
  5. Why was there a need to sign the Mayflower Compact?
  6. What is the significance of the Mayflower Compact?