Salem Witch Trials

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Introduction


May-October 1692

In the town of Salem, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, several girls who were listening to the voodoo tales of a West Indian slave, Tibuta, said they were possessed by devils. They then proceeded in saying the names of three innocent women. These women were brought to trial and, under pressure, falsely stated the names of others who were working together to posses the girls. These three women, along with sixteen others, were falsely accused of witchcraft and were hung. Nearly 150 were imprisoned.


Later on, people began to doubt there really were witches. The colonial legislature took back their accusations, and the trials were stopped.