The Great Famine in Ireland and the Irish Diaspora
In Protected content , a strain of the potato blight, also known as phytophthora, arrived from North America accidentally.
Between Protected content 1849, one million people died, a further million became refugees because of the potato blight, and subsequently were forced to emigrate to places like Canada, America, Australia, and Britain.
The Irish potato famine was the worst of its kind to happen in Europe during the 19th century, and had devastating effects, with the population dropping by Protected content %.
We will watch an interesting documentary of 50 minutes about the Great Famine explained by the Irish themselves, a tragedy of Irish history, which shaped the Ireland of today: Protected content
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