The North West Mounted Police established Fort Battleford at the junction of the Battle and North Saskatchewan rivers, an area rich in Indian and fur trade history. The fort, constructed in 1876, played an important role in the settlement of the west. Broken promises and starvation set the stage for confrontation between Aboriginals and the federal government in 1885. That year, 500 settlers crowded into Fort Battleford, fearing an attack from Chief Poundmaker and his Cree. Members of the Fort Battleford Detachment were involved in a skirmish with Poundmaker at Cut Knife Hill. Eight Cree and Stoney prisoners were found guilty in the uprising and were hanged at Fort Battleford.