Scientists have determined bones found on a Canadian beach belonged to individuals who were trying to flee the Irish Famine in the 1800s.
The Great Famine, also known as the Great Hunger, was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century. It happened in Ireland between 1845 and 1849 as a result of the failed potato crop.
As a direct consequence of the famine, Ireland’s population of almost 8.4 million in 1844 had fallen to 6.6 million by 1851.
In 1847, 180 people boarded a ship from Sligo heading for Quebec in an attempt to flee the devastating situation, but sadly the ship sank off the coast of Cap-des-Rosiers in Gaspé after running into a heavy storm in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
In 2011, the remains of two seven-year-old boys and an 11-year-old boy were discovered on a beach in Forillon National Park, Quebec.
A dig took place in 2016 resulting in the discovery of 18 more bodies, most of whom were women and children. CBC News reports they all showed signs of malnutrition after further analysis.