The swamp where Tom Walker meets the devil in "The Devil and Tom Walker" is the site of an old Native American fort used during early wars between the Native Americans and colonists. In addition, there is a rumor that the Native Americans held rites and incantations there to communicate with the devil. The devil himself confirms this rumor saying that, "I am he to whom the red men devoted this spot, and now and then roasted a white man by way of sweet smelling sacrifice." These rumors and legends that the swamp has long been the home of the devil and a place to communicate with him provide the reader with an eerie mood while reading. Further, this helps to give the swamp an air of foreboding and create a dark, occult setting for Tom's encounter with the devil.