Random historical things I have learned recently:
• Peter Stuyvesant had a “friend” with whom he exchanged letters about the splendid pleasure they each brought the other with their hands.
• The first person chased (literally) for “sodomy” in New Amsterdam fled to the Mohawks, then paid them back by burning their buildings before falling through the ice and drowning in a river. The Mohawks sued for compensation; Stuyvesant sold the dead man’s land and possessions, and gave the proceeds to the Mohawks.
• Alexander Hamilton was (almost certainly) biracial.