The Great Potato Famine, Ireland, 1840s. The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.
The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation's history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned by the Great Famine, were shipped from Ireland to be wives for the Australian convicts.
Cause Of Great Potato Famine revealed/More than 1 million died between 1845-1854 causing 1 million to emigrate & fueling tension between Irish Catholics & Protestants. Now DNA sequencing of dried leafs of the "Irish lumper" potato, the genome of the organism causing the blight has been found to be a single strain of a fungus like pathogen Phytophthora infestus. May 24, 2013
“The Graves Are Walking”: Was the Great Potato Famine a genocide?