Indian Slave Tituba

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Tituba was an Indian slave who was born in South Africa to a poor slave family and sold into slavery at a young age. Her master, Reverend Samuel Parris, bought her from Barbados and brought her to Salem at the age of 17. She was married to a man named John and was thought to have one daughter. She was accused of practicing voodoo when the Parris household was diagnosed with witchcraft. She was beaten by the reverend who told her to confess to the accusations of teaching the girls of the household voodoo and causing their suffering. Tituba’s confession played a legitimate role in the early suspicions and subsequent investigations of witchcraft. After confessing, she did not get sentenced to death but just 13 years in jail. Reverend Parris refused

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