The year 1692 held many terrors for accused witches in the town of Salem.
The trials were long and drawn out and many people were sentenced to cruel deaths because of their alleged practices.
Farm disputes also lead to severe poverty and many people were too poor to feed their families.
Religion was another hot topic in Salem; a number of disputes arising from the churches of that area.
The puritans, who had left England due to religious persecution, feared their religion was under attack again and worried they were losing control of their colony.
The political instability and threat to their religion created a feeling of uneasiness and discontent in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The charter was revoked because the colonists had violated several of the charter’s rules, which included basing laws on religious beliefs and discriminating against Anglicans.
A newer, more anti-religious charter replaced the original one in 1691 and also combined the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth Colony and several other colonies into one.
Months went by during these events, during which many of the accused were sent to prison to await their sentences or their trials.
Prisons in those days were kept in a terrible condition, and one of the accused—a woman—had her child die because of these horrible conditions.