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The Potato Famine


the Potato Famine

In 1847 alone, records indicate that commodities such as peas, beans, rabbits, fish and honey continued to be exported from Ireland, even as the Great Hunger ravaged the countryside. Without informing his own Conservative (Tory) government, he secretly purchased two shipments of inexpensive Indian corn (maize) directly from America to be distributed to the Irish. Under the Corn Laws, the large amounts of cheap politics in france foreign grain now needed for Ireland would be prohibitively expensive. Ireland's potato crop failures in the past had always been regional and short-lived with modest loss of life. But peasants soon ran out of money and most landowners failed to contribute any money to maintain the relief effort. The Irish married quite young, girls at 16, boys at 17 or 18, and tended to have large families, although infant mortality was also quite high.

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the Potato Famine

When the crops began to fail in 1845, as a result. Mainly Protestant, they held titles to enormous tracts of land long ago confiscated from native Irish Catholics by British conquerors such as Oliver Cromwell. The causative agent of late blight is the water mold. Wheat, oats arable land consumption 18 yield (kg/capita daily) ( change on normal belgium.5/0.6 kg n/a, denmark.2/0.3 kg n/a. Others reasoned that 'mortiferous vapors' from volcanoes emanating from the center of the earth might have done. In between the lines, they piled a mixture of manure and crushed seashells then turned over the surrounding sod onto this, leaving the grass turned upside down. A Relief Commission was established in Dublin to set up local relief committees throughout Ireland composed of landowners, their agents, magistrates, clergy and notable residents. The famine proved to be a watershed in the demographic history of Ireland. Out of necessity, the Irish grew accustomed to the corn meal. But problems arose as soon as the maize arrived in Ireland.


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