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The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of women accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between 1692-1693. More than 200 women were accused, 30 were found guilty, 19 were executed by hanging.the Salem witch trials began in the spring of 1692 after a group of young girls claim to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft.
Not all colonists in the Americas had the same goals in leaving England behind. The colonists in New England were fed up with the ceremonial Church of England. Pilgrims and Puritans sought to re-create society in the manner they believe God truly intended it to be designed. Pilgrims and Puritan's both believed in the teachings of John Calvin. The Pilgrims were called the "separatist" in England because of their desire to separate from the Anglican church. The Puritans were named for their desire to purify the Church of England experiencing a great deal of harassment. and finding no safe place to put their beliefs into practice, left England for the new world.
Daily life in colonial America was extremely harsh for the first settlers. They were in a new country and did not have friends or relatives to help them in this unknown territory. As the American colonies grew large cities began to grow as well. These cities became centers of trade for the surrounding rural areas. People worked as farmers, merchants, and as tradesmen. Children living in colonial cities have access to schools and education to a higher degree than those living on farms. Churches were well attended and often served as a meeting place for the locals to get together and discuss the news of the day. The wealthy often wore large powdered wigs in an attempt to emulate the latest fashions that were popular in England. Rural farmers socialized in taverns and at dances and festivals.