Irish Potato Famine

Irish Potato Famine
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  • Introduction of the Potato
  • Irish Potato Famine
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  • Irish Potato Famine
  • During the 1500's, Irish farmers encountered troubles of growing food to feed themselves and others as a result of conflict. This led to the introduction of the potato to Ireland in the 1600's
  • Irish Potato Famine
  • The potato became significant in Ireland during the 1800's as the country completely relied on the potato as their source of food, this caused the population to grow immensely. Despite the popularity of the potato, there were some who had warned not to rely on one crop, but no one listened.
  • Irish Potato Famine
  • An unknown disease had spread throughout the potatoes in Ireland, this disease was actually a fungus identified as Phytophthora infestans and the fungus had destroyed multiple crops .
  • Irish Potato Famine
  • An estimated amount of 500,000-1,100,000 had died of hunger as a result of the blight that had spread throughout the potatoes. The remaining Irish migrated to America and Canada along with New Zealand and Australia; many had died during the trip from crowding and diseases on the boat.
  • As the Irish prepared to migrate to the "New World", they had recognised that they all had the same situation. Going to the U.S was a risk for the Irish as they could die on the trip but they would also die if they stayed, so they didn't have much choice.
  • After successfully arriving in America, they continued their stay as they thought they would have a better future, knowing their future in Ireland would be more poverty, disease and English oppression. Though in past letters, they had still urged other Irish to come.
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