Salem Witch Trials In The 1600's

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Introduction George Jacobs Sr. said, “You tax me for a wizard, you may as well tax me for a buzzard I have done no harm.” Although his words were true, many chose to either believe this hysteria or turn the other way. He died along with many other women and men. This was just the start of the many terrors of the Salem witch trials. Yet if you confessed to being a witch then you had a better chance of living, but if you denied you would automatically get hanged. They killed 19 people in similar ways, but the last person wouldn’t go to trial, so they stoned him. Within the year, the Salem Witch Trials were a very important event, because not only did most of the people convicted died, but because many people went about their day feeling vulnerable…show more content…
The craze of the Salem Witch Trials first started in England a couple thousand years before the Salem trials started. It all started when many people practicing religions, had a belief that if they gave the Devil their loyalty, then he could do harm to whoever they wish. The"witchcraft craze" went through Europe from the 1300s to the end of the 1600s. They executed tens of thousands of women and some men supposed witches. The Salem trials started as soon as the European trials were slowing down. Over the course of of the year, more than 200 people were accused. 20 people such as Bridget Bishop, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin Sarah Wildes ("List of People"), were killed along with 2 dogs. ("Witchcraft in Salem" In 1689, the English rulers, Queen Mary and King William started a war. This war was with France and the American colonies hosted it. This war was called King William's War to the colonists. They ransacked regions of upstate New York, Nova Scotia and Quebec, making refugees go to the county of Essex, but mainly in the Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. What use to to be called Salem, we call now call

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