In The Year Of 1692, In Salem, Massachusetts The Historic

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In the year of 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts the historic Salem Witch Trials occurred. The event resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, along with one man being pressed to death. Not to forget the other deaths that followed as many others later died in jail. The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil, not only did the girls make these claims but also accused several local women of being involved with witchcraft. The situation created an overwhelming wave of hysteria in which spread throughout colonial Massachusetts. To this day many people are undecided upon what actually caused this mass hysteria, as…show more content…
Puritans refused to lend a hand and help for any afflictions as such, because they believed that misfortune was what God wanted. In addition to all of the other Puritan beliefs, it also was strongly believed that the Devil was real and was just as real as God. Everyone was faced with the struggle between the powers of good and evil, but Satan would select the weakest individuals, generally women, children, and the insane to carry out his work. Those who followed Satan were considered to be witches. Witchcraft was one of the greatest crimes a person could commit, and was punishable by death, which was conveyed throughout the trials.
Through this time era Salem had been separated into two distinct parts which began Salem Town and Salem Village. The two divisions were very close and apart of each other. However were set apart by economy, class, and character. Locals of Salem Village were typically farmers with little money and relied on making a living cultivating crops in the rocky terrain. On the contrary, Salem Town was a prosperous port town at the center of trade with London. Those who lived in Salem Town were commonly wealthy merchants. For many years, Salem Village tried to gain independence from Salem Town. The town, which depended on the farmers for food, determined crop prices and collected taxes from the village. Although Salem was already split into two districts, there was
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