finally, left port from Plymouth in England with 102 passengers on board. They
were heading for Virginia in the New World and had authorization from the British
crown to set up a colony there.
weather conditions changed their course, and they finally landed in what is modern
day Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on November 21. The first colony was
established in New England in December.
mix of those passengers was about one third religious dissenters, and two thirds
Mayflower had attempted to sail in August but, when a smaller accompanying vessel,
the Speedwell, proved unseaworthy, they returned to port. The Mayflower would
eventually set sail on its own.
board the ship the settlers agreed to a body politic which established constitutional
law and democratic rule of the majority.