Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere: "Many hermaphrodites," 1562-67

Captain Laudonniere's account of four French expeditions into Florida during the years 1562-67 observes:

There are in all this country many hermaphrodites, which take all the greatest paine and beare the victuals when they goe to warre.[1]


Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (NY: Crowell, 1976) pg. 285.

  1. Rene Goulaine de Laudonniere, A Notable Historie Containing Faure Voyages Made by Certayne French Captaynes unto Florida. . . . trans. Richard Hakluyt (London: Thomas Dawson, 1587), p. 3 (i.e., 5).