With little money, families began to migrate because they could no longer provide in the failing Ireland economy. In the 1800's nearly 1/3 of Ireland's population had been dependent on potatoes. The potato was a very nutritious and easily produced crop that could survive in very poor soil. The potato also had a very high yield in a little area of land and the cost was very low, this was why the potato was one of the greate... ... middle of paper ... ...y a majority of the cost with little aid from England. The English essentially made the Irish a territory not an equal who would have to save itself from the famine brought by the trading ships from Mexico.
The Fenian Movement In 1884 a movement started that changed Ireland forever. The Fenian Movement evolved because of the horrible deeds of King Henry VIII and his durable militia. Britain was trying to govern Ireland, and the people of Ireland fought for the freedom of there country. They didn’t have much money or much military action, on the other hand Britain did. This wasn’t the only reason the Fenian movement occurred though the great potato famine 1845 forced people from there homeland.
The Irish Potato Famine was a period of starvation, disease and emigration, and was known as one of the biggest tragedies from 1845 to 1847. Many people depended on potato crops to survive; however [comma] the potato crops acquired blight, a disease that caused the potatoes to rot while still in the ground. No good crops could be grown for two years [comma] causing Irish tenant farmers unable to pay rent and was forced off their land causing over 21,000 people to die of starvation. The Irish Potato Famine caused many people to leave Ireland to seek work overseas in areas such as England and America. The Irish Potato Famine had a big impact on the history and the economy of Ireland.
One hundred and fifty years after the famine, one can still see the effect of the famine in the world, in the number of Irish immigrants spread throughout, the treeless landscape of Ireland, the broken down home structures found along the countryside of Ireland, and the emergence of two countries: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is a fact that the British government did not do enough in aiding the Irish during the famine, which left hatred burning through the surviving Irish. Had the British government done more to help, perhaps not as much of the civil conflicts that occurred would have happened. The Potato Famine worsened the relationship between Britain and Ireland, ultimately leading up to the split of Ireland into two countries.
Another problem with the country was that over 70% of the population was illiterate. The renters would use their land to farm potatoes because they were cheap, easy to grow, full of vitamins, and you could grow a lot in a small area and in poor farming conditions. The whole country relied on the crop of potatoes as their source of food and income. In the mid 1800s there were many seasons that produced poor crops, and in some cases no potatoes at all. These seasons were taken lightly, and just thought to be bad crop seasons.
The Famine began 1845 to 1850, beginning in the fall of 1845 when the potatoes in Ireland were harvested. The entire potato crop was discovered to be diseased by late plight. Late plight is a fungus that destroys everything in a potato plant from its edible roots to the actual potato making them not edible, which also made the Irish vulnerable to a vast array of diseases. Ireland was a thriving agricultural nation that was blessed with plentiful soil mostly in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. The South Western area of Ireland was covered by rocky soil that was almost impossible to farm, but this arid, rural areas in the North and East contained about 700 people per square mile.
Irish people were facing great starvation. People were very discouraged. The famine began with fungus growing over the crops in Irish farmlands. Potatoes were important, because they were the most abundant product on farms in Ireland. There was not enough food in the farmlands either.
This vulnerability eventually led to the Great Potato Famine caused by Phytophthora Infestans. The lack in genetic diversity was mainly caused by the fact that only a few types of potatoes were introduced to Europe. Then in 1845 the blight migrated to Ireland in the cargo holds of ... ... middle of paper ... ...ngle acre could support a family the size of five to six people. And by 1845 it was estimated that one-third of Ireland’s population was totally dependent on the potato, especially in poorer regions of the country where around nine-tenths of the population relied on the potato as the primary source of food, or the only source of food that was eaten. So overall in this paper many topics about the Great Potato Famine were discussed.
The Great Potato Famine was a horrendous event that would change Ireland forever. A fungus had attacked the potato crops throughout Ireland. The natives were extremely dependent on potatoes and when the blight came, it caused the economy to plummet. With the mass dependency on the potato, people began to harbor serious illnesses. Food was extremely scarce, which was a major issue for the population as a whole.
The Great Famine in 1845 was a crucial time phase that touched off a mass migration. It began with a blight of the potato crops that caused the Europe’s economy to fail. The price of food increased significantly resulting citizens to starve and develop many illnesses. During that period, landlords were using different methods to try to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ants should not be impressed by their actions and should decide not to support their new country. Many Irish Catholic immigrants have faced multitudinous challenges throughout their life in Ireland, to moving to North America.