Irish Potato Famine. Enough said.
In the 1500's, Ireland was ravaged by war.
This resulted in a lack of food.
Historians believe that potatoes could have arrived to Ireland from shipwrecks, or from falling off boats.
When potatoes arrived in Ireland, the Irish people began to rely heavily on one food source
In 1845, the potato blight which had hit Canada a year earlier hit Ireland and wiped out a third of the potatoes.
Between 500,000 and 1,100,000 people died in the famine
Over 1 million Irish people migrated to America on "coffin ships", named that because of how many died during the journey
When the Irish arrived the Americans were overwhelmed due to the vast amount of poor refugees.
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