The Irish played a large role in Canadian history, but it was not without suffering. During the early 1800’s, after ships to Britain were emptied of their exports, they offered low fares back to Canada to poor Irish emigrants. But once they reached Canada, there was no place for them. Homeless and inadequately dressed, many sought to relieve their misery through alcohol. Out of desperation, many of the women turned to prostitution. If you want a visual example of this watch the series, Hell on Wheels and you’ll get the point. The New World was a rough place, especially for a woman. Cholera was sweeping through Europe. The disease swept rapidly through crowded ships and thousands of Irish emigrants looking for a better life, instead met their death.
Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Prince-Before-After/dp/14840863