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Old 09-12-2017, 09:24 PM
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One of the biggest reasons for the witch hysteria was the political climate in 1691. This was the midst of King William's War when the French encouraged their Indian allies to attack English settlements throughout New England. There were food shortages, disease, war refugees, and fear of attack throughout the 1690s. It wouldn't take too much effort to bring the panic to a full boil.
 

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