Jean-Bernard Bossu: "Most are addicted to sodomy," 1751-62

Bossu's work in French, translated as Travels in the Interior of North America, 1751-1762, speaks of sodomy and "perversion" among the Choctaws.

The people of this nation are generally of a brutal and coarse nature. You can talk to them as much as you want about the mysteries of our religion; they always reply that all of that is beyond their comprehension. They are morally quite perverted, and most of them are addicted to sodomy. These corrupt men, who have long hair and wear short skirts like women, are held in great contempt.[1]


Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (NY: Crowell, 1976) pg. 291.

  1. Jean-Bernard Bossu's Travels in the Interior of North America, 1751- 1762, trans. and ed. Seymour Feiler (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1962), p. 169.