The Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials

Early in 1692, the witch hunt started in Salem, Massachusetts. During this time there were many stresses in the Massachusetts Bay Colony among Salem Villages, who had a strong belief in the devil. A town not too far from Salem had had a recent smallpox outbreak, and created fear and suspicion for the Salem Villages. Nine-year old Elizabeth Parris and eleven years old Abigail Williams started having fits, strange behaviors and would scream with anger. A doctor looked at the girls and decided that the only explanation was spells caused by witchcraft. The girls then accused Tituba who was a family slave, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne of telling those tales of omens, ...

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women. They asked each one the same questions: Are you a witch? How do you explain what is happening to these girls? The Three maintained her innocence, but eventually Tituba confessed to being a witch and claimed that she, Good, and Osborne had flown through the air on broom sticks and even talked to the devil. On February 29, warrants were issued for the arrests of Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn. Tituba's acknowledgment showed Salem that their fears were true. For the next year the people from Salem searched for witches.
In the following months, many more were accused of witchcraft. Bridget Williams, Martha Corey, Sarah Cloyce, Rebecca Nurse, and Mary Eastick all faced charges of witchcraft. Filled to capacity with all the new trials, Governor William Phips created a special court to hear the witch cases. The court was known as the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Rebecca Nurse, Bridget Bishop, and John Proctor all died as convicted witches. The trials quickly went out of ...

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