The Salem Witch Hunt

In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Hunt took place. 150 people were put in prison, after being coerced to admit guilt. 23 people were sentenced to death, including Rev. Georges Burroughs, the only member of the clergy to be hung. Burroughs opposed the war with the Indians, and the other Puritans ganged up against him.
It all started with the Paris children who accused Indian slave Tituba (the "Black Witch of Salem") of black magic. The Puritans believed that the Wabanaki Indians (Americans were at war with them) worshiped the Devil.