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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Blog Post #3-Mayflower Compact

This bas relief depicts Signing of the Mayflower Compact, and is located at the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, MA

Having read Chapters 2 and 3, you're familiar with the Separatists (the Pilgrims, as they're more commonly known) who settled Plimouth Plantation.  Did you know that in 1620, the Pilgrims spent five weeks exploring Cape Cod before they sailed to Plymouth, Massachusetts. By the time this posts, I will have spent a little over 10 days nearby.

I digress. After spending weeks at sea, the Pilgrims resolved not to set foot on land until the Mayflower Compact was written and signed. The Mayflower Compact is the first instance of a democratic society in the New World.You should also be knowledgeable of the Puritans that settled Massachusetts Bay Colony (and, eventually, Hartford and New Haven), once you've completed the readings of Chapters 2 and 3.  They're an interesting bunch that evolved in 

The Mayflower Compact is a significant document in American history.  Additionally, the influence of the General Laws of the colony, as well as other New England colonies is still visible today.


The Assignment

A. Read the Mayflower Compact (1620).  Then read The Book of the General Laws (1685).There is a question at the start, but there is also an answer at the end.  They're valuable, but not necessarily what we're going to look at as a class.

B. Consider the two documents.  Answer the following questions in the form below, and submit them to Mr. Pagliaro.

This is worth 25 points towards a student's quarterly average.

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