Many centuries ago people practicing religion began to have very strong beliefs that possible the Devil could grant certain people the power to harm other people in exchange for their loyalty. These beliefs began a witchcraft craze throughout Europe from the 1300’s to the 1600’s. During this time hundreds of thousands of people that were supposed witches, mostly women, were executed.
Then in 1689 a war was started in France by English rulers William and Mary. This war was started in the American colonies in areas of upstate New York, Quebec and Nova Scotia. This sent refugees into the Salem village of the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Between 1692 and 1693 is when the Salem witch trials had occurred in Massachusetts. During this period over 200 people had been accused of practicing the Devil’s magic, also known to most people as witch craft. Some of these 200 people that had been accused was also executed. People began to feel remorse and came to decide that these witch trials were a mistake. The families of the victims accused were compensated.
This is just a brief history of how the Salem witch trials came about.