Are you a descendant of a Mayflower passenger? The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants wants to hear from you. Membership in our Society is open to anyone over the age of 18 who can document their bloodline descent from a passenger aboard the ship Mayflower, which arrived in New England in 1620. The Mayflower passengers were:
On November 11, 1620 (O.S.), soon after reaching what is now Provincetown Harbour, most adult male Mayflower passengers wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of Plymouth Colony and indeed, in the New World. A modern version appears below the following:
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, etc.,
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and 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 politic, 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 hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domine 1620.