1883: Why Germany Banned Swimming

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for 1883.Taylor Sheridan's Yellowstone spinoff 1883 is filled with all sorts of historical facts about the late 19th century—including how it was apparently illegal to swim in Germany at the time. This spelled trouble for the caravan of German, Romani, and American settlers being led by Shea Brennan (Sam Elliot), Thomas (LaMonica Garrett), and James Dutton (Tim McGraw) across the Wild West. During the first half of 1883 season 1, many of 1883's immigrants had already died because of bandit attacks, rattlesnake bites, smallpox and cholera, and many of the other dangers that seem to be ever-present in the frontier. In 1883 season 1, episode 3 “The Crossing,” as the caravan prepares to cross the dangerous Brazos River, the laws that prevented the German settlers from learning to swim back home now threaten their survival.



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