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Known for years as the Witch City, Salem is redefining itself. Though numerous witch-related attractions and shops still draw tourists, there’s much more to the city. But first, a bit on its bewitched past …

The witchcraft hysteria emerged from the trials of 1692, when several Salem-area girls fell ill and accused some of the townspeople of casting spells on them. More than

150 men and women were charged with practicing witchcraft, a crime punishable by death. After the trials later that year, 19 people were hanged and one man was crushed to death.

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