The Salem Witchcraft Trials. Salem Village, Massachusetts 1692-1693. Events Enhancing the Witchcraft Hysteria. Puritan religious beliefs: predestination, the devil Small pox epidemic Nearby Tribal (Native American) warfare. The Beginning….
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Salem Village, Massachusetts
Warrant for the arrest of Elizabeth Proctor and Sarah Cloyce
Autumn 1692 doubts developed
Writings of Increase Mather and Samuel Willard influenced people
Order courts to exclude spectral evidence=guilt from “clear and convincing evidence”
Sir William Phips 1st Governor of Massachusetts replaced by William Stoughton who wanted to “clear the land” of witches