The Hidden Truth Behind The Great Irish Potato Famine Has Finally Been Revealed

Searching For The Truth

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Just a few years ago, in 2013, a team of scientists worked together to solve a longtime mystery. Many people have tried to determine what caused Ireland’s terrible potato famine. Would this group be the ones to find the answers?

The Genesis

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Despite being the epicenter of the infamous famine, Ireland was not the birthplace of the potato. The first known potatoes were grown in South America roughly 10,000 years ago. Ireland’s first encounter with the popular vegetable can be traced to the demise of the Incas. The Spanish conquerors returned back to Europe in possession of potatoes. Thanks in part to their discovery, the world’s population increased dramatically.