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June 10th, 1692: First Salem witch hanging. In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.

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England's most famous witch trial took place in Lancashire in 1612. Ten of the so-called Pendle Witches were hanged at Lancaster Castle after being deemed guilty of witchcraft. Their ghosts reputedly haunt the village of Newchurch which is where one of the witches is said to be buried.

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History of the Salem Witch Trials

The history of the salem witch trials

Salem Witch Trial Memorial. Ive been there. Sadness is overwhelming.

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Tree in cemetery next to the Salem Witch Trial memorial in Salem, MA

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In the image above, one of the young female victims of the Salem Witch Trials is shown clutching her father in fear of witchcraft. The young victim appears to be showing her "symptoms" to community religious leaders, providing the proof needed to imprison the afflicted. When those imprisoned were tried in court, the victims would be present, and they would also put on a show of strange behaviors for the watching jury members.

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Illustration of Elderly Woman Being Led Away During the Salem Witch Trials

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mary easty - victim in salem witch trials

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Setting: This image represents the Salem Village meeting house during the witch trials. This meeting house is where the interrogations of many accused witches, including Tituba, Sarah Good, Martha Corey, and Rebecca Nurse, took place. John Hathorne is depicted here, interrogating Martha Corey.

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Tituba: The Slave of Salem

Tituba and Mary Warren illustration by John W. Ehninger, published in The Poetical Works of Longfellow, circa 1902. #salemwitchtrials

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