Who were the leaders of the Pilgrims?
John Carver was the first governor of the Pilgrims. William Bradford became the second governor in 1621 when John Carver died.
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…
Based on some of the disagreements while they were still on the ship that brought them to America, the leaders knew they needed some sort of document that would compel the settlers to work together as a team. The document was called the Mayflower Compact, and was signed before the pilgrims disembarked at the New World.