Croquet was introduced in England in 1856 and was brought to America in the 1860's. It was concidered suitable for all people but particularly women, because it required considerable skills but not too much strength. (Back then women were considered deficient in both, but that is a false statement). Though croquet wass never a popular game for men, it had both social and economic advantages. For example, men and women could play together, and it did not require any special clothing nor did it require a lot of equipment.