March 1 1692 – The Salem Witch Trials Begin in Massachusetts

March 1 1692 – The Salem Witch Trials Begin in Massachusetts2.5 (50%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Twelve days after two girls began to behave strangely and complain of pinpricks on their arms, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a Caribbean slave woman, faced charges of witchcraft on March 1, 1692. The three women, residents of the small town of Salem Village in Massachusetts Bay Colony, were the first round of accused in an ugly chapter of New England history fueled by fears of supernatural forces and likely driven by political motivation. As Europe emerged from the Middle Ages in the late 1400s, the concept of a concerted effort […]