It started in 1620 with a ship – the Mayflower. Small, sturdy, untested.
When the ship landed in Plimoth after 60 days on the open ocean from England, its passengers were cold, tired and frustrated. Winter was approaching with all its dangers. What would they do?
They were united by a belief that all people are created equal in the eyes of their creator, and that united they would survive or divided they would perish. They agreed that each person would have an equal voice in how they would organize and govern themselves. One man – one vote.
They wrote an agreement called a compact, which described this principle – the Mayflower Compact. It was named after their ship, the Mayflower.
A century later, another group of men were united by self-evident truths that “all men are created equal” and they wrote a document that began with the words “We the People” – the United States Constitution.
George Washington, America’s first President, continued the Plimoth tradition of linking a core American document to an important ship, when he named the flag ship of the new United States Navy The Constitution.
No visit to the Mayflower is complete until you also step aboard the other ship that launched a nation – the USS Constitution in Boston