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the great famine
Updated: 10/20/2020
the great famine
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  • During the 1500's Ireland was torn apart by constant warfare, as a result of this continental conflict, Ireland's peasant farmers had a hard time growing enough food for people.
  • What happened to the potatoes?
  • In the year 1600, Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland , but it grow extremely popular as a common staple food for the entire country.
  • Potatoes is a very popular vegetable as it grow more food in a distance than any other crop that Irish farmers had grown before. Irish relied on potatoes as a choice of food, especially the poor families.
  • In 1844, a disease was found attacking the potato crops in Canada. And by 1845 it had reached Ireland. About half of the crops were destroyed. Potatoes became black and rotten, which made the Irish unable to eat them.
  • The potato famine resulted in the death of roughly one million Irish from starvation and related causes, with at least another million forced to leave their Homeland as refugees.
  • Many of the Irish fled to the United States of America, but for the Irish immigrants it was still not a fortunate event. Many people were torn by the fact that they would not be able to see their hometown again.
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