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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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17th Century Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials, which took place in 17th century New England, are a pretty significant part of American history. Individuals suspected or accused of witchcraft were put on trial and sentenced to death with a very thin margin of provability. Between 1692-1693, 20 people were executed and another five died in jail. However, one expert believes that more than 600,000 people lost their lives during the medieval period after being branded as witches. To be suspected of being a witch, the criteria was pretty low — single women, childless women, old, young, rich, poor, having too many children, or even having a birthmark mad someone suspect.

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