Salem, Massachusetts is a coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States, located on Massachusetts' North Shore. It is a New England basis of history and is considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history. Much of Salem's cultural identity reflects its role as the location of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in which many wizards and witches were interrogated and prosecuted. The truth about the witch trials are that they were in fact a war between Folk and Wizardry, but history books and memories were altered to hide this fact, and people were made to believe that ordinary people had been pursued and wrongfully acused of practising magic. The Salem Concord was signed in the early 1700s, effectively ending the war between the two people.