After much negotiation the permission was granted from King James and on August 5, 1620 two boatloads of Pilgrims left the docks of Southampton, England, on the Speedwell and a smaller vessel, the Mayflower.
The Speedwell sprang leaks requiring they dock at Dartmouth for repairs. They again set sail but after only three miles they had to turn back for the Speedwell had again ran into problems.
Later it was discovered the captain of the Speedwell had purposely sabotaged his vessel.
After much discussion, several families chose to stay in England, out fear of the unknown and the hardships already realized.
102 boarded the Mayflower under the leadership of Elder Brewster and John Carver. The Atlantic is an awful trip in the fall months.
The seas were rough and life in the Mayflower horribly disgusting.
God provided several miracles in the voyage changing the attitudes of the sailors toward the Pilgrim from “these psalming pukestockings” to a respectful honoring of those for whom God would do a miracle. November 9th land was spotted and the voyage ended in “Cape Cod.”
The Cape was named by the local fishermen because they caught that kind of fish. The Pilgrims fell to their knees and gave thanks for their safe passage across the ocean.
Realizing they were several miles north of their intended destiny, driven so by the storms, they made two attempts to move southward.
However, storms would not allow.
They sent out thirty men to search the surrounding area for possible harbor and location for establishing their colony. A second search party of ten was sent out.
In these searches, they located several fields of corn and beans from which they took a great supply.
They fully intended to pay the Indians when they made contact with them. They had seen them on occasion but were unable to establish contact.
Six months later, they made that contact and paid for the provisions.
After much prayer and counsel, they realized God’s hand was in their location. They were outside the Virginia Charter and thus not under English rule.
Some tried to breed rebellion, but they had strong and godly leaders. John Carver was chosen as their first governor and they drafted and adopted what is known as the Mayflower Compact.
In the name of God, Amen.
We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc., having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and of one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and the furtherance of the ends afore-said and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, for the general use of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder-scribed our names at Cape Cod, 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James of England, France and Ireland and the eighteenth, and of A.D. 1620.
You can read all of Dr. Hackett’s articles here.F. Dean Hackett has served in full time Christian ministry since October 1971. He has ministered through out the United States, Canada and Eastern Europe, serving as an evangelist, pastor, and conference speaker. He has planted four churches and assisted in the planting of many others and is known for training many workers who are presently in full time ministry as pastors and missionaries. He holds a Masters degree in Ministry, a Masters of Theology and a Ph.D. in theological studies. His enthusiastic and challenging ministry has made him a popular teacher and conference speaker. He has written five books, Discovering Jesus, Uncovering the Jesus Life; The Joy of Becoming Like Jesus; The Joy of Becoming an Ambassador for Christ; Discovering True Identity; Mission Agape’. He began Spirit Life Ministries International in 2001 to facilitate and support outreach ministries in the USA, Croatia and other regions the world that open for ministry. He is the author of F Dean Hackett – Foundational. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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