Salem Witch Trials


Tituba Biography

  • She was originally from an Arawak village in South America.
  • As a child, she was captured, taken to Barbados and sold into slavery.
  • Tituba was purchased by Parris, or given to settle a debt, while Parris was a merchant in Barbados.
  • Since Parris was an unmarried merchant at the time he acquired Tituba, it was rumored that she may have served as his concubine.
  • Parris, Tituba and another Indian slave named John moved to Boston in 1680.
  • She married John in 1689 around the same time Parris and his family moved to Salem.
  • Tituba was the first accused of witchcraft and the first to confess. However, she later recanted her confession when people stopped believing the cries of the accused.
  • Historians believe that she had one daughter, Violet, who stayed with the Parris household until Samuel Parris' death.
  • Books written about Tituba include I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Tituba of Salem Village and Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies.
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