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How the Salem Witch Trials Began



  The Salem Witch trials of 1692 was the largest outbreak of witchcraft in american history. The puritans in Salem believed witches could cause illness of death.
  Salem Village hired a Reverend named Samuel Parris. He came to Salem with his wife, daughter, his neice, and his two slaves, Tituba and John Indian. Since puritan girls, were not allowed to play sports, go to school, or socialize, they stayed cooped up inside doing either chores, or outside working in the fields. In the winter the girls were only allowed to read, knit, or play among themselves. Elizabeth, also know as Betty, and Abigail often went to Tituba, in hoing that Ttiuba could entertain them. Tituba read their futures and told them their future husbands.
 
 

Arrest of a Witch
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    Abigial soon told all of the neighboring girls of Salem about Tituba's strang powers. Soon girls were gathering around Tituba in the parish, when Reverend Samuel Parris and his wife were out. Tituba told the girls of Salem their futures and their future husbands. many of the girls became afraid of Tituba and her power. Betty was the most scared of all of the girls. She soon became sick with convulsions.

   Abigial soon told all of the neighboring girls of Salem about Tituba's strang powers. Soon girls were gathering around Tituba in the parish, when Reverend Samuel Parris and his wife were out. Tituba told the girls of Salem their futures and their future husbands. many of the girls became afraid of Tituba and her power. Betty was the most scared of all of the girls. She soon became sick with convulsions.

  Betty's cousin, Abigail, who saw all of the attention Betty was getting, started to convulse in the same way as her little cousin. Soon, the other girls of Salem started to convulse in the same way. Reverend Samuel Parris, getting worried about his daughter's condition, called Dr Griggs. Dr. Griggs stayed up all night looking for the syptoms of little Betty Parris, but when he could find none, he declared Betty, as well as the other girls, were bewitched.

Salem Village
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    The Putnams played a great part in the Salem witch trials. Ann Putnam, Jr., was one of the girls who accused all of the withes. She claimed that she got vision of them attacking her and telling her to sign a book. Most people today, believed Ann was being pushed by her mother to accuse all of her mother's enemies.


Tituba Teaching the Children Acts of the Devil
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    The girls were pressured to tell who was bewitching them. The girls pointed their fingers at three women, who were believed to be outcasts of Salem. They named three women, Tituba, Sarah Osborne, and Sarah Good.
    Tituba was the first of the three women to confess. Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good, both claimed they were innocent. They were each given a trial, where they were convicted an sent to jail. Sarah Osborne was the first person to die in jail during the Salem witch trials.

    The girls often accused people who were suspected for things that happened to go wrong, like if a cow stopped giving milk, if a child fell ill, or if a field produced a bad crop. But not every witch covicted was found guilty. Most covicted witches were sent to jail wher they would die. Some women sent to prison would start to poke, pinch, and bite themselves and others to death.