Oh No! Not our potatoes! They have caught the disease.
What will we do? We can't afford to pay for the farm or food without these!
One Irish Family leaves on a Coffin Boat
Goodbye! We'll miss you! Have fun in America!
We'll always remember you guys...
The potato originally came from the U.S.A. mountain ranges. Many countries on Europe didn't really bother with the potato since they already had enough food to feed their people. However, Ireland depended greatly on this one vegetable. The potato grew very well in the Irish soil. In 1844 a disease hit Canada, affecting their potatoes and by September 1845 it had made it Ireland. The potatoes were becoming black and rotten, with there leaves withering.
After many days they spotted the New World
THE NEW WORLD! WE MADE IT!!!!!
An Irish family woke up one morning to find their potatoes were rotting and weren't edible. This devastated the Irish since this was the only way for them to make money. They had heard of this disease the potatoes had, but they didn't think it would happen to them.
After they moved
They knew the only way for them to survive was to move to the New World (America). This would mean leaving Ireland and never returning and seeing family because of the coffin boats they were traveling in. People came to wave them of from the beach.
Did you know class that my family originated from Ireland but moved because of the Irish potato famine
Many people died whilst on board the ships. After lots of days out at sea, the captain spotted the New World. This would be a new start for the people of Ireland. They had heard roomers that they had plenty of potatoes there.
Potatoes....I need potatoes!!!!
After many families move to the America's they didn't have very much money and didn't have a privileged life style although they made the most of it. They had plenty of potatoes to eat and lots of Irish company although between 500,000 and 1,100,00 Irish died in the famine.
Many Irish and Irish decedents still live in America, whether they know it or not.