How long has the town of Salem been in existence at the start of the play?

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Salem was founded circa 1650, about 40 years before the play's setting (1692).  In his "Overture" (background information) at the beginning of Act 1, Arthur Miller while describing Rev. Parris's house states that:

"Salem had been established hardly forty years before [the 1692 time setting]."

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