Ireland Recognizes 1847 Gift from Choctaw Nation During Potato Famine

This is so interesting but also amazing. How the Choctaw helped the Irish overseas but then held slaves in America. Well I am thankful that they did for my Irish ancestors of course appreciate it. Thanks for blogging this Dick Eastman with the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter, it is always my pleasure to share and acknowledge your information and commitment to genealogy.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

In 1847, less than 16 years after the Trail of Tears, the all but penniless Choctaw Nation donated $170 – nearly $5,000 today – to complete strangers starving in the Irish Potato Famine. 168 years later, the Irish have not forgotten.

During the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s, more than a million people perished in Ireland when a blight decimated potato crops that served as the primary food source for almost half the population, but primarily the rural poor.

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