Count Ludwig Joseph von Boos-Waldeck
Count Ludwig Joseph von Boos-Waldeck (26 November 1798 – 1 October 1880) was a German
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 noble who promoted the settling of Texas
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 by Germans
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Boos-Waldeck was born in Koblenz
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 as the son of Clemens Graf von Boos zu Waldeck
Waldeck Castle
Castle Waldeck within the limits of the village of Dorweiler in Dommershausen in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate was the main seat of the Hunsrück Family Boos.The ruin lies high above the Baybach valley...

 (1773-1842) und Johanna Freiin von Bibra (1774-1856). He descended from a line of Rheinish knights and nobles dating back to the 13th century. Boos-Waldeck married about 1827 Henriette Freiin von Wessenberg-Ampringen (1807-1856), the daughter of Johann Freiherr von Wessenberg-Ampringen (1773-1858). He was the uncle of the composer Victor von Boos zu Waldeck (1840-1916).

In April 1842 Boos-Waldeck and a few other nobles met at Biebrich on the Rhine, near Mainz
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, to organize a society, which they called the Adelsverein
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, to promote German immigration to Texas. In 1843 Boos-Waldeck bought and developed the Nassau Plantation
Nassau Plantation (Texas)
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 near Round Top, Texas
Round Top, Texas
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 on behalf of the Adelsverein. In addition to his native German
German language
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, he spoke Spanish
Spanish language
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 and English
English language
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 when Texas came under Mexican
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 and U.S.
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 rule. He died in Aschaffenburg
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, Kingdom of Bavaria
Kingdom of Bavaria
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