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  • 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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