Salem witch trials podcast, episode 3: A ‘new Jerusalem’ on the edge of a wilderness

In 1692, Salem was a colonial outpost teetering on the edge of a precipice. In this episode we’ll explore what life was like in the New England settlement, and consider whether environmental pressures

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In 1692, Salem was a colonial outpost teetering on the edge of a precipice. In this episode we’ll explore what life was like in the New England settlement, and consider whether environmental pressures – from the threat of attack to an inhospitable climate –could have played a role in the outbreak of accusations of witchcraft.

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