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Witch Trials in Massachusetts


Salon about some famous and heavy witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692. Interesting is the fact, that a whole city falls in some kind of paranoia.

A interesting assumption is, that the english wars against indian tribes in this region are responsible for the afraid mood in this time:
"Norton (...) offers the theory that the Trials were a displaced response to the trauma of the Indian Wars on the frontiers of the British settlements in New England. She traces the connections the various participants had to Maine, the location of some especially bloody conflicts with the Wabanaki tribes and their French allies. Today, knowing as we do that the Indians would ultimately lose everything, it's easy to forget how fragile those early British settlements felt to their residents, especially in 1692, when it seemed that the Indians and French were enjoying "continued and seemingly unstoppable successes," and the Indians were boasting that they'd soon have the continent to themselves again."


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