The Irish potato famine began in 1845 when a strange fungus began growing on all of the potato crops, making them inedible.
Much of the locally grown produce was sent to England, making the potato one of the main sources of food for the Irish population.
Thousands of people were dying from lack of food, though the government provided no relief aid.
Diseases such as typhus and dysentery started to inflict itself upon malnourished people, adding to the death count.
An estimated 1.5 million people evacuated to North America where large quantities of food were being produced.
The famine ended in 1849, though people still evacuated for fear that the famine would start again. Around 1 million people were killed and 2.5 million more had fled the country.
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