(メイフラワー号[Mayflower]。1620年9月16日102人を乗せてイギリスのプリマスを出航、
 12月21日マサチューセッツ州の沿岸(のちのプリマス)に到着。
 「メイフラワー契約」(宗教上の契約に基づく政治上の契約)は上陸直前に船上で交
 わされた。堅苦しい英語。適当につまみ読みして下さい。)



          THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT:




"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 England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of 
the Faith, e&.

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 of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into 
a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, 
and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to 
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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There followed the signatures of 41 of the 102 passengers, 37 of whom 
were members of the "Separatists" who were fleeing religious persecution 
in Europe. This compact established the first basis in the new world 
for written laws. Half the colony failed to survive the first winter, 
but the remainder lived on and prospered.

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