THE narrow peninsula, sixty miles long, which terminates in Cape Cod, projects eastwardly from the mainland of Massachusetts, in shape resembling the human arm bent rectangularly at the elbow and again at the wrist. In the basin enclosed landward by the extreme point of this projection, in the roadstead of what is now Provincetown, the Mayflower dropped her anchor at noon on a Saturday near the close of autumn. The exigencies of a position so singular demanded an organization adequate to the pres. ervation of order and of the common safety, and the following instrument was prepared and signed:1
The May- flower at Cape Cod. 1620. Nov. 11.
Mourt's "Relation or Journal," quoted --