John Carver

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John Carver (l. 1584-1621 CE) was one of the leaders of the Mayflower expedition, first signer of the Mayflower Compact, and first governor of Plymouth Colony. He was a prominent member of the separatist congregation of Leiden, the Netherlands, and sailed with them aboard the Mayflower after serving as chief negotiator (along with another congregant, Robert Cushman, l. 1577-1625 CE) with the Virginia Company and the merchant adventurer Thomas Weston (l. 1584 - c. 1647 CE) in procuring a patent for the colony and outfitting the expedition to the New World.

More about: John Carver


  • c. 1584 - 1621
    Life of John Carver, First Governor of Plymouth Colony.
  • 11 Nov 1620
    The Mayflower lands in the region of modern-day Massachusetts, North America, bringing the pilgrims to the New World.
  • 11 Nov 1620
    The Mayflower Compact is signed by the pilgrims establishing democratic government of the Plymouth Colony.
  • 1621 - 1622
    The pilgrims establish the Plymouth Colony with the help of Native Americans who teach them how to survive and flourish.