Salem Witch Trials Research Paper

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Accusations and trials of witchcraft throughout the world began centuries before the Puritans arrived in the New World. The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 began in Salem Village in Massachusetts and are documented by historians as the most intense and hysterical witch trials. Historians theorize the Salem witchcraft trials resulted from fear of Indian attacks to religious and political crisis. Indian attacks in New England created mayhem in towns and settlements. As colonists moved further inland, they took over Indian land and pushed Indians further out, creating a tense relationship between the colonists and Indians. After an Indian, Sassamon, was pronounced murdered after not returning from a meeting he was called to in the colony of

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