In this context, they pledged to put in place a temporary set of rules for self-decision, in accordance with the majority agreement. Bradford cites some of the reasons the pilgrims thought they were leaving, including the discouragement they suffered in the Netherlands and the hope of attracting others by finding “a better and simpler place to live,” the children of the group “were swept away by bad examples in extravagance and dangerous courts” and the “great hope of spreading and advancing the Gospel of the Empire of Christ in these remote parts of the world.”  Edward Winslow`s list was similar. In addition to economic concerns and missionary opportunities, he stressed that it was important for people to preserve their English identity, culture and language. They also believed that the English Church in Leiden could do little to benefit the larger community there.  Immediately after the approval of the Mayflower Pact, the signatories chose John Carver (one of the pilgrimage guides) as the governor of their colony. They called it Plymouth Plantation. When Governor Carver died in less than a year, William Bradford, 31, replaced him. Each year, the “politics of the civil body,” made up of all adult men except naturalized servants, met to elect the governor and a small number of assistants. Bradford was re-elected 30 times between 1621 and 1656. In the early years Governor Bradford decided fairly precisely how the colony should be managed.
Few people have contradicted his one-man rule. When the colony`s population grew because of immigration, several new towns emerged. The wandering and increasingly dispersed population had difficulty participating in the court, as the government meetings in Plymouth were called. In 1639, deputies were sent to represent each city at other court meetings. Not only autonomy, but also representative government had gained a foothold on American soil. The English Magna Carta, written more than 400 years before the Mayflower Compact, established the principle of the rule of law. In England, this still meant the king`s law. The Mayflower Compact pursued the idea of the law that was made by people. This idea is at the heart of democracy.
Since its raw beginning in Plymouth, self-government has evolved into the town halls of New England and large local governments in colonial America. At the time of the constitutional convention, the mayflower pact was almost forgotten, but not the powerful idea of self-management. Born out of the plight of the Mayflower, the pact made an important contribution to the creation of a new democratic nation. The full text of the Mayflower Compact IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are signed, the faithful subjects of our sovereign Lord James, by the grace of God, Great Britain, France and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, C. After undertaking the glory of God and the promotion of the Christian faith and the honor of our king and our country, a journey to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; Made by these gifts, solemn and reciprocal, in the presence of God and each other, covenant and unite us to a political civil body, for our best order and conservation, and the promotion of the extremities said above: And by virtue, act, constitution and frame, these just and equal laws, ordinances, deeds, constitutions, constitutions and ministries , from time to time, as most meet and are comfortable for the general of the colony; to whom we all promise the submission and obedience it deserves.