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People believed that witches were around in the 17th century due to there being many rumours going around that old women who had black cats and had a cauldron were witches. For testing these rumours there were two methods that they used, swimming a witch and burning them alive. Swimming a witch was when they tied up the person that they thought was a witch and placed them on the water. If they floated they were a witch because the water didn't want witches in the water and later on they would be burnt alive. If they drowned they were innocent but they died anyway because nobody fetched them out the water. So basically if they were accused of being a witch they would die.

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Under British law, the basis for Massachusetts Bay Colony legal structure in the 17th century, those who were accused of consorting with the devil were considered felons, having committed a crime against their government. The punishment for such a crime was hanging.

Of course the childish and religiously driven belief that there were witches and they had special powers to consort with the devil created a large scale mania in a population that was driven by fear of the unknown. Well known clergy of the times preached of the devil and his doings from every pulpit and the people believed. They heaped their fears upon the heads of unpopular people or people who acted in some odd manner who were accused of being witches and tortured and killed in the village square. It is a case study in human psychology gone wrong, terribly wrong.

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they would go through lots of torcher and would suffer very bad injurys until they died finally.

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Witches were the agents of the devil, enemies of Jesus Christ, who were to be put to death if discovered.

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they hated witches and burned them

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Q: What were peoples attitudes toward witches in 17Th century England?
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