The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

10 little known facts about the Salem Witch Trials.

10 little known facts about the Salem Witch Trials.

The Rebecca Nurse Memorial was dedicated by Nurse's descendants, The Nurse Family Association, in the family cemetery at Nurse's Danvers home in 1885

The Trial of Rebecca Nurse

The Rebecca Nurse Memorial was dedicated by Nurse's descendants, The Nurse Family Association, in the family cemetery at Nurse's Danvers home in 1885

Salem Witch Trials: Rebecca Town Nurse's death warrant: topic, pictures and information - Fold3.com

Salem Witch Trials: Rebecca Town Nurse's death warrant: topic, pictures and information - Fold3.com

Abigail Williams' testimony against George Jacobs, Jr, circa May 1692

Abigail Williams: The Mysterious Afflicted Girl

That time Tumblr explained the historical importance of saying no to ~dRUGs~. | 17 Times Tumblr Explained A Thing Better Than School

17 Times Tumblr Explained A Thing Better Than School

That time Tumblr explained the historical importance of saying no to ~dRUGs~. | 17 Times Tumblr Explained A Thing Better Than School

Travel To Salem and Celebrate Halloween

Travel To Salem and Celebrate Halloween

Colonial America: The Salem witch trials took place in By the time the witch hysteria was over, 20 people had lost their lives due to prosecution.

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