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Alberta Skies

Published by Kathryn Imbriani at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Kathryn Imbriani

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On July 8, 1874, 275 officers and men, 114 Red River carts, 73 wagons, two 9-pounder field guns, horses and a herd of cattle left Dufferin, Manitoba and marched west 1000 miles in seventy two days. Their assignment was to locate and destroy Fort Whoop-up, the infamous stronghold of whiskey traders plying their product to the Cree Indians.

Three years earlier, in 1870 the Canadian west, then called Rupert’s Land was transferred from the ownership of the Hudson’s Bay Company to the new Dominion of Canada. This shift in authority gave whiskey traders a toe hold and resulted in unrest and upheaval that culminated in the Red River Rebellion in 1869 and inter-tribal unrest among the native tribes. When this news reached the newly formed government in Ottawa, leaders there feared that rampant lawlessness would endanger the eventual settlement of these areas and the North West Mounted Police Force was born.

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