It is truly incredible to think that these colonists were willing to leave the comfort of a structured society in order to build a new life. The reason that the Mayflower Compact had such a great significance was that it established guidelines outside of their previous government and proved that they were able to live with morality outside of someone's authority. This covenant expressed an extreme change in power, simply because it worked. People were able to put egos aside for the greater good of humanity. One could only imagine the type of chaos created when they landed in Massachusetts. Being that they were outside of Virginia's jurisdiction, life without laws would have been detrimental. It would of pretty much been every man and woman for themselves. From a sociological standpoint, this experience could have been a paradigm shift for many of the colonists. The Forty-One men that created this covenant could have easily decided to go in a different direction. The contract explained that they should still be loyal to King James and still abide by the rules of the Christian faith. It is hard to believe they could have stuck together if it wasn't for religion. All in all, the mere fact that they established a contract that stated they could govern themselves must have shifted their view on government altogether. Even though they were still under King James, they now were aware of the fact that were able to function outside of his rule if needed.
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- Spring '11
- Plymouth Colony, Mayflower, Revolutionary Change, King James