Social Studies 9: The Irish Potato Famine Diary Entry's.

Social Studies 9: The Irish Potato Famine Diary Entry's.

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  • "Nothing will grow our soil anymore. A plague has befallen all Irish land and turned out potatoes to coal. Everybody is dying, and I have not remained unscathed. My beautiful wife has given into the starvation and chaos surrounding us. There is nothing here, only graves and sorrow. There is only one place to go now. One hope. Canada."
  • 2) 1831, Why Are You Leaving? 
  • 3) 1832, Voyage Over.
  • ¨I pity the people below decks, where disease is festering, preying on the week. These people are forced to stand in a wet cave of timber, expected to support themselves for weeks. It smells like  death. But I suppose I would to if I was only exposed to sunlight and fresh air once a day and crammed in with hundreds of other people. The living conditions on this ship, this coffin, are horrid.¨
  • 5-6) 1833-34, First Impressions/ 3 Month Plan.
  • ¨Ive arrived in Canada. Ive bought two plots of land. Theyre close to a river, flat which is perfect for farming, but full of trees. Fortunately, my neighbor offered to help. In the next three months, I must rid this land of trees, make a path to the river, build a cabin, and start plowing my land so I can farm. Ive got a lot of work to do before I can get this farm up and running. ¨
  • "It seems tat Canada also has it's fair share of problems. There is a rich clique-the family compact-who will stop at nothing to help their greedy selves. To add to the ever growing list of problems, there is a man, William Lyon Mackenzie, who is rising up against the Colonial Government. he is starting talk of rebellion. To avoid this ever growing drama, I am staying at my farm and trying to build a usable road."
  • The Irish Potato Famine has arrived. Its turned potatoes, everybody's main diet, to black, unedible mush. Everybody is starving and dying. The U.K is keeping everybody out of their lands. The Irish have nowhere to go but Canada to attempt to start a new life.
  • 7) 1835, Seeds of Rebellion.
  • "I've been asked if I wanted to join the rebellion as it was my last chance. I refused. I have a family growing in York. My sons are going to have children. I'm going to be a grandfather. I'm not going to throw that away by joining a rebellion, no matter how tempting it is to go against the unfair ways of the Family Compact. There indeed was a rebellion, as Mackenzie promised. His group of protesters marched down Younge Street only to be broken up by Sherif Jarvis. Mackenzie ran through a field, disguised, and fled to Lower Canada. I dont know where he is now, but I am going to wait out at the farm until all of this drama boils down.
  • To get to Canada, you had to get on a coffin ship. These timber ships were called coffin ships due to how common it was for people to die due to disease. The richer would usually get their own cabins. People below decks would have to defecate in buckets, bring their own food and stuff, and attempt to survive. These ships would bring immigrants to Canada and bring timber back to where they came from. 
  • 8-9) 1836-37, Will You Join The Rebellion/ What Did You Experience In The Rebellion? 
  • When you get to Canada, hope you can buy a piece of land as they are hard to acquire. When you get youre land, you must rid it of trees, plow youre land and make a place to live. On the side of that, you must find a place for youre animals to live and you need to find a water and food source. You must then make youre own roads for whatever needs you need. Its hard to get a plot of land full of trees and turn it into a farm that can make you a profit.
  • 10) 1838, Predict Lord Durham.
  • "A man named Lord Durham has come. He noticed how the Family Compact was treating us and wrote a report about it. Written about how the Family Compact uses force on the people voting at the elections for their own gain. Noticed how people have lost large amounts of property. Noticed how corrupt some things are. And they have been fixed. It's been said that voting is to be made secret. That people who have lost their land will gain it back and be paid full compensation. But, a few surprises have arisen to. English is to be made the official language. Public schools will open their doors again. Upper and Lower Canada are going to be combined. Fused into one nation."
  • In Lower Canada, words of rebellion have spread through all of Canada. Papineau, a man, sends a letter of "92 Resolutions" he has to the governor outing the complaints. Because of this, British troops are sent to arrest Papineau. This caused a small series of battles that gave Papineau time to flee to the U.S. In Upper Canada, Mackenzie thinks that its a great time to start his rebellion as all British troops are away so he schedules his protesters to meet at Montgomery's Tavern.   
  • Mackenzie and his protesters did indeed march down Younge Street, but scattered to the winds once Sheriff Jarvis fired a bullet scaring them. When Mackenzie noticed his protesters fleeing, he fled himself to Lower Canada. Another rebellion quickly arose but was crushed by the British as quickly as it arose. Lord Durham, sent by the British, was sent over to  make suggestions to prevent any future rebellions.
  • Lord Durham arrived and saw the chaos of Canada. He wrote about it which led to the Act of Union. This led to no more rebellions, Upper and Lower Canada being combined into a single colony, English is now made the official language, and elections are now to be made in secret. Upper Canada is now Canada West and Lower Canada is now Canada East. Lastly, people who lost property in the rebellions are paid full compensation for it. The Family Compact and Chateau Clique hate this but cant stop it.
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