Witchcraft was a genuine concern for colonial Virginians. The colony's English
settlers brought with them a strong belief in the devil's power and his presence in
the New World. This belief was first manifested in the Jamestown colonists' early perceptions of the Virginia Indians, whom they believed to be devil worshippers. After 1622, some colonists began
to accuse one another of practicing witchcraft. Though witchcraft cases in Virginia
were less common and the senten. . .
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