When people mention Massachusetts, Boston comes to mind, but so does Salem, so on my last full day I went to see the town.  The history was full of the famous witch trials, but also of the rich import/export industry, as it has a good natural harbour.

The first settler – 1626

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The “jellyfish” are actually plastic bags collected on the beach – the town is hoping to ban the use of them totally in Salem

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The original cemetery

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The only known Mayflower grave

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The memorial garden to those who were killed in the witch trials.

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In the gateway, are final messages from some of the victims

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I ended up quite sad really, as the poor people, and dogs (yes, 2 dogs were found guilty), who were hanged as a result of being called witches were not witches, just people who got in other’s way.  Yet the whole town is witch mad – everywhere there are people dressed as witches, things sold, haunted walks.  To me it seems a contradiction of the whole sad history of those men, women and dogs who lost their lives 300 years ago.

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