The Great Hunger In Ireland: The Cause Of The Great Famine

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The potato, a simple starch to some, mass murderer to others. It is often hard to believe that simple things such as potatoes can be such a devastating thing to engulf a nation. This is of course the Great Hunger, also known as the Great Famine. It was one if not the most devastating events in Irish history. Costing Ireland an estimated 800,000 lives to hunger , and even more emigrating out to other nations. Though this number does not stack up to other tragedies in size, this made up roughly 10 percent of the population alone, not accounting for those who had left. But what did the loss of the potato crop do to Ireland. Potatoes started in Peru when the Spanish discovered them, they proceeded to bring the back to Europe and that’s where they began spreading through Europe, as well as North America. Some historians like K. H. Connell believe that the first instance Ireland became involved with potatoes was with Sir Walter Raleigh when he planted then at his house in Ireland, and from then it spread throughout . Now the reason that it spread throughout is due to one …show more content…
It helped its economy early on, and became a large portion of what the poor, and almost everyone ate. It gave them a sustainable export to Britain and other areas, as well as helped them pay the taxes the British enforced. But with the good it brought, it also brought the bad of the famine, and the detriment to a large mass of its population, nearly bringing it down two million people. Either because of death or emigration. The potato converted a large mass to being catholic, and also brought the irish around the world. All of this can be attributed to a single starch that changed the course of Ireland, and set it on the path that it is still following today. This is why the potato may be one of the worst and most impactful things to ever go to

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