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Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials were a gruesome part of our history in America. More than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft during years of 1692 through 1693. Historians believe that Ann Putnam Jr. and other accusers were badgered to accuse certain people. The parents (of the afflicted girls), Thomas Putnam and Reverend Samuel Parris told the afflicted girls to accuse others, were thought to be seeking out revenge for the accused. Most of the accused victims were either very wealthy or were social outcasts. Out of all the men, women, and children, there is not any actual evidence stated that they performed any witchcraft. The only evidence provided was spectral evidence. More than 200 people were accused of witchcraft during 1692 through 1693. The Salem Trials began in the month of February of 1692. The one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft was a slave by the name of Tituba. Tituba was a slave to a man by the name of Reverend Samuel Parris. The two other women went by the names of Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne. To my knowledge, Tituba seemed to be the main cause to the witchcraft assumptions. I believed that Tituba started most of the assumptions in the result of, she would take her master’s daughter and niece (Betty Parris and Abigail Williams), out to the woods. Furthermore, when she would take the girls out to the woods, Tituba would tell stories of voodoo and “black magic.” People then believed that Tituba was the one who bewitched them. Along
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