Irish Potato Famine

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Irish Potato Famine

  1. 1. Dublin Memorial
  2. 2. Irish flag the Shamrock (Irish symbol)
  3. 3. Potato blight In the mid-nineteenth century the potato crops (récoltes) were destroyed by a disease. As it was the only source of food for poor Irish people, many people starved to death*. It is estimated that more than a million died and as a consequence many emigrated to the USA, Australia and England. * (mourir de faim) The Trail of Tears
  4. 4. The Choctaw Donation In 1847, The Choctaw tribe (tribu) of American Indians sent a generous donation to the starving Irish. They had a special affinity with the hungry and those who had lost their homes because it was only 16 years since their tribe had walked the «  Trail of Tears  »* from Mississippi to Oklahoma. This extraordinary gift (cadeau) from a people who were not themselves wealthy (= rich) has never been forgotten. In 1997 – the 150 th anniversary of that generous gesture - a group of Irish people walked the Trail of Tears in reverse, back to the Choctaw homeland. ( *  ' La Piste des Larmes' = forced removal (déplacement) of Native Americans (Indians) by the US government) 
  5. 5. The Trail of Tears Present day Oklahoma

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