Salem Witch Trials

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In History
  • Salem Founded

    A group of settlers renamed the town of Salem, located in Massachusetts, after Shalom, a Hebrew word meaning “peace."
  • 1st Accusation

    Jane Hawkins, suspected witch, is banished from Massachusetts.
  • Law Change

    England established a capital penalty for witchcraft, which was execution.
  • 1st Execution in America for Witchcraft

    Alice Young is the first to be executed for witchcraft in America.
  • 1st Execution in Massachusetts

    The first known hanging for witchcraft was in New England. The woman hanged was Margaret Jones of Charlestown in Massachusetts Bay Colony, a herbalist, midwife and self-described physician.
  • Villagers

    Several young Salem Village girls show alarming symptoms and are diagnosed as suffering “under the evil hand”.
  • Tituba

    Tituba, a house slave from Barbados, confesses to witchcraft.
  • Prison Casualties

    Sarah Osborne, one of the first 3 people accused of witchcraft, dies in prison.
  • Government Change

    Sir William Phips is sworn in as Royal Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Prison Casualties Pt.2

    Roger Toothaker, originally from England, dies in a Salem prison.
  • Giles Corey

    Giles Corey is pressed to death with stones after refusing to enter a plea. Which means he neither admitted nor disputed to being involved with witchcraft.
  • Release

    49 of the 52 remaining accused witches in jail are released because their arrests were based on spectral evidence.
  • Day of Fasting

    Massachusetts General Court declared a day of fasting for the tragedy of the Salem witch trials.
  • Reform

    Massachusetts Colony passed legislation restoring the good names of the condemned and providing financial restitution to their heirs.
  • Apology

    Massachusetts formally apologizes for the events of 1692.
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    Court Trials

    Approximately 15 citizens are accused, tried and condemned by the court for witchcraft.