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The Mayflower Compact is important because of its principle, that a government's authority derives from the consent of the governed. The signers of the Compact stated that the authority to make laws in the colony was also based on the fact that the inhabitants consented to be subject to those laws. The Plymouth Colony became the most democratic colony at that time, since every adult male head of household was a shareholder in the company and had the right to vote for governor of the colony. The ideals of the Mayflower Compact can be seen in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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