Potato Famine In Ireland In The 1800's

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In the early 1800’s, Ireland was primarily rural. Most farmers worked on rented land from wealthy landlords. All of the corn and crops that they raise go to the landlords which are later exported to England. Potatoes are the main food of the impoverished Irish farmers who grew potatoes and other grains. The potato originated in South America but wasn’t brought to Ireland until later in the 16 century. Potatoes were so loved that they replaced barley and oats that poor people previously ate. This was really devastating because barley and oats were among the few things that poor people could afford. Poor people might have been able to get at least three potatoes every week. By the mid 1800’s, a fungus infected the potato crop. Plants became black
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