Where does the expression watershed moment come from?

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"a watershed in modern American history, a time that … forever changed American social attitudes" (Robert Reinhold).
Probably translation of German Wasserscheide : Wasser, water + Scheide, divide, parting.

St Marcellin Champagnat was asked to treat a sick boy in a watershed. The boy know nothing of the Churchs teaching. This inspired Champagnat to found the Marist Teaching Brothers
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