The Mayflower Initiative was enacted by the third Council of Worlds on August 31st, 2366. The purpose of the Initiative was to ensure that humanity spread beyond our solar system, thus sparing them from extinction should some cataclysmic event occur.
The first ship, WC2S Plymouth Rock, disembarked from the Phobos Station on September 6th, 2371, marking the 750th Anniversary of the sailing of the first Mayflower. The ship was captained by Admiral Maxwell Kaiser, Minister of Colonization. His first officer was Captain Gerold Sumner.