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The Salem Witch

The Salem witch trials were a series of local audiences, later followed by formal
judicial processes, carried out by the authorities in order to process and then, if
guilty, punish crimes of witchcraft in the counties of Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex
(Massachusetts), between February 1692 and May 1693 This event has been used
rhetorically in political and popular literature as a real warning about the dangers of
religious extremism, false accusations, process failure and interference
government on individual freedoms.

The Puritans
In the group of promoters of colonization during the third decade of the
seventeenth century included a growing number of people who had money
available, I was interested in America and had an additional reason for wanting to
emigrate in person instead of staying in England hoping dividends.

Under its former economic development, these groups may be called snuff
colonies, colonies of fish, furs and timber, and the sugar colonies.

The Crucible

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John Perry, Europa y la expansión del mundo: 1415-1715, México, FCE, 1986, pp. 157.
Ibídem, 277 p.
In England, for example, the persecution of witches always trivial as parameters
with continental and more thorough student has failed to detect a pattern of it.

Founded in 1626, Salem had become a staunch stronghold of Puritanism,
which was forbidden, music, dance and books, except for the Bible.
The governor of Massachusetts was illiberal ideas, often unscrupulous and
lacking at all in humor, but very efficient. For example soon deported to Thomas
Morton, to what seems to dance around May. Possibly Dance May Morton was
related to witchcraft to the Puritans of the seventeenth century was not a matter of
jokes; but the Puritans were ruthless to punish any kind of opposition or

In this atmosphere of repression it unleashes a tragedy when, in the winter
of 1692, some young people are caught practicing witchcraft, helped by a
Caribbean maid, trying to unleash their fantasies.
The logic lies designed to escape punishment led to a veritable witch hunt of
innocent people who, according to historians today, it was an oppressive tyranny;
the governor of Massachusetts made some shameful acts of persecution against
Quakers and others; was used by early settlers against the new settlers, so that,
rather than a real fear of practice of witchcraft is today believed what was
discussed was an attempt to get rid of unwelcome people in an environment

Hugh Trevor-Roper, La crisis del siglo XVII: Religión, reforma y cambio social, Uruguay, Liberti
Fund, 2009, pp. 170.
Perry, Óp. Cit., pp. 161-162.
marked by privacy due to the distribution of land and people, of which nineteen
were hanged.

Ghosts are very timid, however it is believed that the spirits of the dead can
return to earth to reward or punish their living relatives.

Four more people died in prison and a landowner died tortured by crushing.
After the hysteria is finally recognized the injustice and judges in 1697 and girls
apologized to the families of the victims for whom compensation was approved in

Allan Nevins y Steele Connoger, Breve historia de los EU, México, FCE, 1994, pp. 31.
Melville Herkovits, El hombre y sus obras: La ciencia de la antropología cultural, México, FCE,
1992, pp. 386.
Marta Mateo Martínez-Bartolomé, “Las brujas de Salem y El crisol: Las versiones españolas de la
obra de A. Miller en teatro, TV y cine,” en Qaderns, Revista de Traducción 5, 2000.