March 10 (February 29, o.s.)

Jamaica: The Council meets in Port Royal. In addition to ordering various defense-related payments, the councilors order that HMS Swan, stationed at Port Royal, be kept afloat until further notice, and that the naval officer, Thomas Lamb, search all French ships arriving from St. Domingue on Hispaniola.

Massachusetts: Thomas Putnam, his brother Edward Putnam, and two other Salem Village residents, Joseph Hutchinson and Thomas Preston, file charges with the magistrates in Salem Town, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, against Tituba, Sarah Osborne, and Sarah Good for bewitching Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, and Betty Hubbard. The girls’ afflictions have caused much unease in the village, and there is substantial support among the residents for the opening of legal proceedings. Hathorne and Corwin therefore decide to hold the initial examinations in public, rather than following the usual procedure of conducting them in private, and move them from Nathaniel Ingersoll’s tavern to the village meetinghouse to accommodate the large number of expected spectators.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas and his expedition leave their campsite in the Hueco Mountains around 10:00 am. Their Apache guide leads them on the route to a shallow water hole called El Alamo. It’s a long way to El Alamo, however, and by evening the expedition still hasn’t gotten there so the governor orders a stop for the night along the way. He sends twenty Indians ahead to scout around the water hole and make sure there are no Apaches there.

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  2. […] expect him to soon and therefore begin preparing for trials of the first suspects to be accused on February 29. They take depositions of the key witnesses to the early fits of the first girls to be afflicted: […]

  3. […] grand jury evidence against Sarah Good, one of the three women initially accused of witchcraft on February 29.  The evidence he presents includes reports from witnesses of past incidents in which Good’s […]

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