AB: In 1873, the government of Canada established the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to maintain law and order in the newly acquired areas of the Canadian West. Their police duties left the young men enough leisure time to engage in sports, in team competition both among themselves and with teams in the communities they served. The Mounties were responsible for introducing soccer, rugby, cricket, baseball, and other popular sports to frontier settlements of the Prairie Provinces. By 1905, largely through the sporting enthusiasm of the Mounties, sports flourished in the West.
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