how many witches were killed in salem

(Oct. 25, 2014) http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people/bishop_court.html. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Phipps eventually pardoned all who were in prison on witchcraft charges by May 1693. Another 5 or so are debatable. In January of 1692, Reverend Parris' daughter Elizabeth, age 9, and niece Abigail Williams, age 11, started having "fits." Smithsonian reports “ More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. He brought to Salem Village his wife, their three children, a niece, and two slaves who were originally from Barbados—John Indian, a man, and Tituba, a woman. The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. Salem was unique among New England witch trials for the number of people executed - twenty died altogether, which is more than in all other New England witch trials put together. There were two Salems in the late 17th century: a bustling commerce-oriented port community on Massachusetts Bay known as Salem Town, which would evolve into modern Salem, and, roughly 10 miles (16 km) inland from it, a smaller, poorer farming community of some 500 persons known as Salem Village. The entire event lasted little more than a year before the local government deemed the trials a mistake and attempted to compensate the families of those they had convicted and killed [sources: Baker , Walsh ].

Here's the real reason the Salem Witch Trials happened. At the suggestion of a neighbour, a “witch cake” (made with the urine of the victims) was baked by Tituba to try to ferret out the supernatural perpetrator of the girls’ illness. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Several centuries ago, many practicing Christians, and those of other religions, had a strong belief that the Devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty.

So-called witches weren't burned at the stake in Salem, but their end was still pretty gruesome. Toothaker was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials but his case never went to trial because he died in jail.” – History of Massachusetts Blog. Many of these victims were hanged or beheaded first, but their bodies were typically incinerated afterwards to protect against postmortem sorcery. On October 3, following in his son's footsteps, Increase Mather, then president of Harvard, denounced the use of spectral evidence: "It were better that ten suspected witches should escape than one innocent person be condemned. What is the hink-pink for blue green moray? To identify witches, authorities used the "touching test", in which victims of witchcraft would become calm upon touching the culprit. In January 1692 Betty’s and Abigail’s increasingly strange behaviour (described by at least one historian as juvenile deliquency) came to include fits.

Given the subsequent spread of the strange behaviour to other girls and young women in the community and the timing of its display, however, those physiological and psychological explanations are not very convincing.

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