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(Solved) Who Brought Potatoes To Ireland?

Isn’t it ironic that the conquistadors of Spain, who first brought the potato to the attention of those outside the Americas, were relatively indifferent to the vegetative gold that they stumbled upon in the 1530s? They rode over the tubers, in pursuit of the Inca leader Atahualpa and his fabled riches 🙌 Little did they realize that, once introduced into Europe, the potato would begin more than four centuries of conquest 🤓 It is long past time that the great empires of South America are gone 🤓 Europe’s imperial glory is only a distant memory. However, the potato’s popularity continues to rise in Ireland as well as around the world and is expanding its consumer base every day. The potato’s important role in the world economy is not being overlooked. Potato was later to play in Irish history, we still don’t know how the potato reached our shores. The introduction of the potato to Europe has been acknowledged by Sir Walter Ralegh and Sir Francis Drake. Many contradictory tales about the history of the potato’s early days are a distraction. Some of these stories can even be considered romantic. Who brought the potato to Ireland, and how did they do it? [1]
We’re have telling you that the humble potato is the most nutritious food in the world. It contains all the essential nutrients, including vitamins, protein, and minerals. According to my informants, it’s a member of the Solanaceae, which include tomatoes, aubergines, and peppers. Although there are 150 different species found in nature, the only one that is not from the Andes, Solanum Tuberosum, can be grown outdoors. There are over 600 varieties of this species in Europe. After being brought to Europe from the Philippines, the had potato made its first appearance in Europe around 1570. South America By the Spaniards. According to tradition, Sir Walter Raleigh brought the crop to Ireland in 1585. The crop was ideal as a staple for the indigenous population. [2]
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The potato was almost the sole source of income for many farmers and labourers in the 1800s. In the 1830s, between 30% and 35% of Irish citizens relied upon the potato for their primary food source. Farmers in the southwest introduced a new potato variety after 1810. The Lumper Potato was also known as the Lumper Potato. It required very little manure to thrive in poor soils. It is now spreading to Connaught from Munster. The’s Lumper made its way into western Leinster on the eve the famine. However, it has not yet reached eastern Leinster and Ulster. This article was last revised 100 days ago, by ArnulfoGoodson of Guayaquil (Ecuador). [3]
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Around 250 million years The world was once made up of one giant landmass, now called Pangaea. Pangaea was split by the geological forces that created the continents, hemispheres you see today. Over time, each corner of the earth has developed its own suites of astronomy. Plants and animals. Columbus’ voyages reknit the seams of Pangaea, to borrow a phrase from Alfred W. Crosby, the historian who first described this process. In what Crosby called the Columbian Exchange, the world’s long-separate ecosystems abruptly collided and mixed in a biological bedlam that underlies much of the history we learn in school. The potato flower in Louis XVI’s buttonhole, a species that had crossed the Atlantic from Peru, was both an emblem of the Columbian Exchange and one of its most important aspects. Asti Daly deserves a special thank-you for all their insights. [4]
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Anissa Remington from lovepotatoes.co.ukThe article mentions the Inca civilisation that grew in Cuzco Valley in 1400, after the death of Tiahuanacu and Huari over the period 1000-1200. It was the Americas’ largest settlement and the fastest-growing. Their ancestors had improved their agricultural practices and they increased potato and maize production. One potato dish called chuño was the main Officials, soldiers, and laborers eat these food items. They also serve as backup stock in case of crop failures. At this point potatoes were deeply embedded into Andean culture – it was labelled the “people’s” food and played a fundamental part in the people’s vision of the world; for example, time was measured by how long it’s having taken to cook a spud! [5]
Historyplace.com Also, it describes the British 1835 survey that found half of rural Irish families lived in single-room, unfurnished mud houses without chimneys. People lived in small groups known as Clachans that were spread throughout the countryside. A cabin could house up to twelve people, who shared the space with their pigs and chickens. Sometimes, dispossessed Irish estate owners were the descendants of mud cabin inhabitants. In Ireland, it was common for beggars to claim that they were the descendants of an Irish king. [6]

Article references

  1. https://www.historyireland.com/early-modern-history-1500-1700/the-introduction-of-the-potato-into-ireland/
  2. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/a-short-history-of-the-potato-1.107295
  3. https://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/ireland/past/famine/potato.html
  4. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-potato-changed-the-world-108470605/
  5. https://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/history-of-the-potato/
  6. https://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/introduction.htm
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