Pilgrims left to go to Jamestown in 1620. The mayflower ship landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts because of strong storms. Mayflower Compact was the first written document in America to provide for self-government. The Mayflower Compact was not written by only one man. A group of colonists that were seeking religious freedom gathered and produced the document. The people say what the government should look like, and that the government should work for the people.