Ireland in the 1700's By lauryn Watson and Shantel ferrin
During the War
Catholics were treated worse than the Protestants. They were restricted from voting, baring arms, being educated, marrying a Protestant, or join the military in some way. Even though farming was done by Catholics, Protestants controlled how and where they could farm. Overt time food shortage began to occur and the poor were hungry and dying. This is when author Jonathan Swift published, "A Modest Proposal", a satire about the overpopulated, hungry crowd in Ireland. The war ended in 1653 when the Protestants won the battle.
The Potato Famine
After the first famine taking control of Ireland back in the 1740's, it struck again in the mid 1850's. It was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th Century. Potatoes became a staple food for the Irish because it was nutritious and cheap so the poor could afford it and it grew quickly. In 1845, the weather was unusually cool and moist and it caused the potatoes to rot, and later in 1848 and 1849 the crops were almost entirely ruined. The failed crops caused starvation and death to around one million Irish civilians.
After the desperation for food and money, millions of Irish left to migrant to America in 1847, Although they were full of hope, thousands of the Irish died from disease and cramped areas on the boats and didn't survive the travel. Most of them went directly to New York because it was cheapest traveling way.