1883 takes place well over a century ago Yellowstone. It’s been a slow journey west so far, and fans are quick to wonder how things will turn out for Shea’s band. Although 1883 is a fictional series, it takes place during a historical period. It is possible that Taylor Sheridan intersects certain events of the 1880s with the course of her characters. These historical events of 1883 could potentially hold some significance in the series.
The United States was in the midst of an economic recession
From 1882 to 1885, the country entered a period of economic recession. According to medium.com, the recession began with a decline in railroad construction and bank money supply gradually began to decline. Eventually, the economy went into deflation. This period is the third longest recession in US history and culminated in the Panic of 1884.
Although it may not have decimated them, the recession could have affected farming families like the Duttons. This may have served as the catalyst for James’ decision to sell his property and move his family west. The recession could also make things harder for immigrants and the Duttons once they finally reach their destination.
The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was a huge historical event
On August 27, 1883, a huge historical event took place. The Krakatoa volcano has erupted in the Indonesian archipelago, killing thousands of people. Live Science says the force was equivalent to a 200 megaton explosion of TNT. Of course, that wasn’t enough to hurt anyone in the United States, but the eruption still affected the country.
For example, the explosion had atmospheric effects that cooled the temperature by more than one degree on average over the next five years, reports Live Science. It may seem insignificant, but Shea and her group are already dreading going through the winter. In 1883 episode 8, Shea agreed to let James lead the band in Oregon. However, they could be in trouble if the winter of 1883 turns out to be colder and longer than expected.
Additionally, Live Science reports that the explosion caused deeply colorful sunsets across the United States for days after Krakatoa erupted. The group can witness these effects of the explosion on their journey.
President Chester A. Arthur visited Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was officially established as a national park in 1872. The park is located in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho. According to Looper, in 1883 construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad reached the northern boundary of the park, located in Montana. The railroad helped connect the territories of the United States, and perhaps inspired the 1883 Duttons to settle in Montana instead of Oregon.
In August 1883, President Chester A. Arthur embarked on a fishing trip to Yellowstone National Park with several members of his cabinet, according to WyoHistory.org. The expedition brought national attention to the park, which could also have served to influence the 1883 Let’s dut.
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