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Dead Horse Valley, Canadian Illustrated News
1875, by Henri Julien

Unfortunately, the route chosen by the North-West Mounted Police for their epic march across the Prairies did not follow the long-established trails of the Métis. Instead Commissioner George A. French decided to march straight west just a few miles north of the international border. The route passed through the most inhospitable parts of the country. The heat and the lack of water and forage soon took its toll on the horses, and later on the men themselves. By the time the police reached the western foothills, their uniforms were in rags and they had lost over a third of their mounts.


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