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 one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.
Here are some questions I'm not sure about and I donno how to answer them.
1. In what two "presences" is this document being signed?
My answer: The presence of God and the presence of the colonists
2. The signers promise to "covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic." What does it mean to "covenant and combine"?
3. What do the signers mean by a 'civil body politic"?
My answer: Jus tand equal laws for all people.
4. What will the civil body politic do "from time to time"?
My answer: It will set up laws, Ordinances, Constitutions which are good to the colonists.
5. Why do the signers say they need to do this?
6. What do the signers promise?
My answer: They promise all due submission and obedience.
Thanks for all the help.