- Question 1
- It was during the years
of the Great Famine in Ireland in 1847 that "the Irish came to Canada."
The period in which "the Irish came to Canada" was really in the pre-Famine
years between 1800-1840. It was this wave of Irish immigrants who
had the most significant impact on the formation of Irish Canada.
These Irish immigrants came with the economic resources to establish
themselves in Canada. In contrast, the Famine Irish were mostly destitute
and would take a longer time to firmly establish themselves in the
Canadian mainstream. During the Potato Famine nearly two million fled
Ireland and hundreds of thousands came to Canada. But the majority
of the Famine immigrants stayed in Canada only temporarily before
moving on to the United States.
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