In 1847 during the Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans donated $710 ($1m in today’s money) to assist with famine relief.
This was a huge gesture, especially considering this was from a impoverished community of people who were still struggling to recover from injustices of their own.
In 2015, this monument of appreciation was built in Bailic Park, Midleton, Co Cork. As a result, the Native American Choctaws will be forever etched in Irish minds.
The Great Famine also referred to as "The Great Hunger", that lasted between 1845 and 1849 was arguably the single greatest disaster that affected the Irish history.
The famine was caused by the potato blight (fungus) that was inadvertently brought over initially from North America to mainland Europe and had eventually made its way to Ireland during the summer of 1845. It was not unusual to have crops that failed and people thought that it was just an isolated event. What the eight million people who lived in Ireland at the time did not realise was that the potato crops would fail for the next four years and that the disaster would lead to the deaths and the emigration of millions of its peoples to strange, foreign and distant lands. The potato was the staple diet for the Irish people at the time and was the only food that was affordable for the masses. Certain grains such as oats and wheat were grown, but were exported by the government as were cattle and pork. In just four years, Irelands was on its knees. Over a million of its population would die from disease and starvation and through forced emigration, Irelands' population was reduced by almost a further two million people.
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