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The Mayflower Compact that the Pilgrims signed in 1620 is the first example of many colonial plans for self government. The Pilgrim leaders knew they needed rules to govern themselves if they were going to survive the new colony they were about to form. The Mayflower Compact was based on majority rule and the Pilgrims even allowed those who were not Pilgrims to take part in the process. They agreed to choose their leaders and make their own laws which they would agree to follow.

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Q: What was the importance of the Mayflower Compact?
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