Vertucci – July 27 – Irish Interest

I have never really studied the history of Ireland. However, from viewing the resources provided to complete this assignment, I am motivated to learn more about the potato famine. In particular, I am interested in why potatoes were one of the only sources of food. I understand that the Irish grew mainly potatoes, but was there an option to import foods from the British? If Ireland was under the rule of the British, I’m sure there were ships traveling back and forth; why then were the British withholding food from the Irish? Ireland did not have a large population, so it would not have taken much food to feed the citizens. I am definitely interested in learning more.