The Mayflower Compact provided an ordering and preservation of the Pilgrims’ motives and purpose. What did it mean to the Pilgrims then, and what does it mean to America now? This examination of the Mayflower Compact delivers a thorough understanding of the document within its textual context in the light of its historical settings. With this document, they codified their unity and purpose to go forward. The Compact became the basis of American Law that was influenced by their Christian heritage. While not the first European attempt, it could better be known as the Mayflower Covenant that became the Genesis of American settlement and government.