Top 10 Worst Parts of the Great Potato Famine of Ireland


The Famine destroyed Ireland's population: When the famine ended in 1852, about one million people in Ireland died of starvation, disease, or in many cases, botoh.

It was caused by diseased potatoes: Once 19th century rolled around, potatoes were a probably the most important crop in Ireland, and they kept the poor healthy. 

Great Britain extended the length of the famine: Great Britain's Prime Minister, at the time, this guy named "Sir Robert Peel" did attempt to provide relief to the Irish during the Great Potato.

Great Britain thought the famine was an act of God: The man responsible for trying to help Ireland rebound from their famine, believed that it was God's way of punishing the Irish people. 

Landlord greed made things worse: The 1800s were not a century worth bragging about real estate. Tenants were not what they are today. 

The mass emigration: I was actually kind of reluctant to add this one to the list, at first, since as a guy who lives in the United States.

The Laissez-faire economics: In the 1800s, Ireland was still under the influence of Britain. Thus when the famine struck, the Irish came to the British government for help.

People had to eat grass: With potatoes crops devastated by blight, many Irish found themselves lacking the resources needed to feed themselves and their families

The effect of Phytophthora infestans on the Irish people:Very few, to no cases of crops being infected even come close to match the devastation that the late blight in potatoes did in the 1840s.

People were sent to North America in coffin ships: And if it wasn't for disease, there was being malnourished, dehydration or they could possibly die in a shipwrecks, or even more food poisoning.