The Salem Witch Trials had a great historical significance on America. This was an infamous time period in the United States, where the role of religion impacted many lives. A group of religious extremists, were called The Puritans. They believed that the witches were people who worshiped the Devil, and wanted to destroy Christianity. Therefore they set out to hunt all people who had any signs of witchcraft. This obsession of defining the rules of religion according to the Puritans was the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.