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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Coffin Ships

During the potato famine in Ireland, the Irish came to America through the ports of Boston and New York. They also employed a route by land through Canada known as "British North America, " first setting sail to Canada to avoid the "coffin ships" The term was used because of the large number of deaths onboard ships sailing in the Trans-Atlantic. For awhile, some groups layed over in Canada until they could raise sufficient funds to continue to America.

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