A history of the irish potato famine in the late summer of 1845

The Great Irish Famine 1845-1851 – A Brief Overview

The failure of the potato in caused great hardship but not yet mass death, as some stores and seed potatoes from the previous year still existed and farmers and fishermen could sell animals, boats or nets or withhold the rent to pay for food, for at least one season. The blight spread throughout the fields as fungal spores settled on the leaves of healthy potato plants, multiplied and were carried in the millions by cool breezes to surrounding plants.

In a strain of Phytophthora arrived accidentally from North Americaand that same year Ireland had unusually cool moist weather, in which the blight thrived. In short, the years before the famine saw a dramatic rise in the Irish rural population without an equivalent rise in economic opportunity and saw the rural poor increasingly reliant on the potato.

Unwilling to delegate any authority in his day-to-day duties, he managed every detail, no matter how small. Free Trade meant the survival of the fittest.

Russell and the Treasury official in charge of famine relief, Charles Trevelyan are therefore often seen as being culpable for the worst of the famine. Thus they reacted to the current food shortage as they had in the past by enacting temporary relief measures.

There were those who believed that the government in London had done as little as it could to help the Irish.

The Great Famine of 1845

At the same time, local relief committees were besieged by masses of unemployed men. James Connollyone of the leaders, spent time in America where he lived among families who had originally come to America as a result of the famine.

Each family grew what they needed for that year and few had any to keep for times of trouble. Those who produced these vital products simply got a better price for them than in Ireland.

How crop overdependence and poverty created the perfect conditions for disaster. A further aftereffect of the famine was thus the clearing of many smallholders from the land and the concentration of landownership in fewer hands.

The Irish often drank a little buttermilk with their meal and sometimes used salt, cabbage, and fish as seasoning. It is calculated that only one third of landlords actually contributed at all towards famine relief.

Irish culture was severely hit by the famine.

Great Famine

This affected Ireland as those who were most active and who could contribute the most to Ireland, left the country. They found Indian corn to be an unsatisfying substitute. Emigration from the country, which had steadily increased in the years leading up to the famine, ballooned, and by 2 million people had fled, swelling the immigrant Irish populations of Canada, the United States, Australia and elsewhere.

Between andsixteen food shortages had occurred in various parts of Ireland. Because the peasantry was unable to pay its rents, however, the landlords soon ran out of funds with which to support them, and the result was that hundreds of thousands of Irish tenant farmers and labourers were evicted during the years of the crisis.Beginning in and lasting for six years, the potato famine killed over a million men, women and children in Ireland and caused another million to flee the country.

Ireland in the mids was an agricultural nation, populated by eight million persons who were among the poorest people in the Western World.

The Irish Potato Famine

Ireland's potato crop failures in the past had always been regional and short-lived with modest loss of life. Between andsixteen food shortages had occurred in various parts of Ireland. However, during the Famine the crop failure became national for the first time, affecting the entire country at once.

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved

The Great Famine was a disaster that hit Ireland between and aboutcausing the deaths of about 1 million people and the flight or emigration of up to million more over the course of about six years.

May 21,  · Within a year, potato crops across France, Belgium and Holland had been affected and by late between one-third and one-half of Ireland. A million Irish died and another million left the island before the famine lifted in The Great Famine of Ireland killed almost one-eighth of the population.

It proportionally caused more destruction of human life than most modern famines. The Great Famine, the Great Hunger; the Irish Potato Famine;an Drochshaol, [ənˠ ˈdˠɾɔxˌhiːlˠ], the Bad Life) was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between and during which the .

A history of the irish potato famine in the late summer of 1845
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