John French

John French - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
In 1874, John French led the first troop of North West Mounted Police west into the Northwest Territories, now known as the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, a wilderness territory, uncharted and unincorporated. The area had a lot of "rum runners", creating an unsettling behavior problem with the Indian population of the early Canadian west. These unsavory characters from south of the border traded "fire water" or whiskey in exchange for the furs with the Indians. Fort "Whoop-up" became one such hot spot for the NWMP to bring law and order to as the Government of Canada were finding the problem increasingly difficult to deal with from so far away as Ottawa.
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The North West Mounted Police Barracks


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The North West Mounted Police Barracks