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Unformatted text preview: Europea situation that would soon change. In the 1820s the first potato crop failure in Ireland occurred, and starvation followed. By the 1840s a much more devastating form of potato blight destroyed almost half of the basic subsistence food crop of the Irish Catholics. Many saw no choice but to abandon their country and move to the United States. This massive movement of people has been referred to as the flight from hunger , and the Irish immigrants of the 1840s and 1850s became known as famine Irish . The potato famine was one of the greatest disasters of modern Western Europe. In the space of a decade Ireland lost 2.5 million people, probably less than half by migration. Between 1847 and 1850 somewhere between one million and 1.5 million Irish Catholics died while the British government did little to save them. Indeed, it continued to export agricultural products from Ireland and to clear tenants off the land....
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