The Mayflower Compact, 1620
Oil on Canvas
Great Experiment Hall
The Mayflower Compact, a document signed aboard the ship Mayflower in 1620, set forth principles of tolerance and liberty for the government of a new colony in the New World. Pilgrim leader William Brewster is shown signing the document; John Standish, the colony's military leader, stands at left.
Left: The Native American symbolizes the importance to the colonists of friendship with the people of the New World.
Right: A Pilgrim woman uses a spinning wheel in front of a typical house. During times of peace, such domestic scenes would have been common.
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