In the 1600s, groups of Separatist’s carried out expeditions to find new settlement and colonize land. However, these groups of people started off as companies due to their economic interests. For example, the Plymouth Company was primarily working on colonizing northern territories corresponded with modern day New England. In addition, the Virginia Company settled on present day Maine on August 13, 1607. The leaders of these groups were very important because they were depended on and had many responsibilities. In these companies of separatists and Congregationalists, there were many differences. For instance, some people were very religious; however, some were not religious at all.
Such an eclectic group of people, however; created the Mayflower Compact, which was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. This Compact was important because it showed how these people put their religious differences apart in order to survive and achieve their goals. The main essence of the Compact was an agreement between religious and non-religious within the boat. This agreement on the boat is what shaped our world today. For example, today religious and non-religious people in our culture get along and work with each other just like the people on the Mayflower.
This article is important because is goes in debt about the details of the Mayflower compact and how these “companies” ran. It also shows how these people worked out their religious differences to create this agreement.
This is a good video because it explains the Mayflower Compact very well.