The Irish Problem

The Irish Problem - The Irish Problem The Irish potato...

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The Irish Problem The Irish potato famine was a terrible disaster caused by a water mold, Phytophthora infestans . This scourge is an example of the impact that a disease can have on the political, economic and social structure of several countries. The potato is a crop imported from South America. The potato was planted in Ireland, and the population of Ireland exploded from 4.5 million in 1800 to about 8 million in 1845. Most of the Irish were dependent on the potato for their food for ten months of the year. The late blight of potato thus had a very serious consequence to the Irish: famine and starvation. Between 1845 and 1860 over one million Irish died as a result of the famine brought about by the blight. During the same timespan, another 1.5 million emigrated, mostly to the east coast of the United States. Among immigrants during this time were ancestors of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan, among many others. Kingdom Rhodophyta, the Red Algae
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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