Chilean units of measurement
A number of different units of measurement were used in Chile to measure quantities like length, mass, area, capacity, etc. From 1848, the metric system has been compulsory in Chile.^{[1]}^{[2]}
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Pre-metric units
Spanish customary units were used before 1848.^{[1]}^{[3]}
Length
To measure length several units were used. Legally, one vara is equal to 0.836 m.^{[1]} Some of the units and their legal values as follows:^{[1]}^{[4]}
- 1 línea = 1/432 vara
- 1 pulgada = 1/36 vara
- 1 pie = 1/3 vara
- 1 cuadra = 150 vara
- 1 legua = 5400 vara
Mass
Several units were used to measure mass. One libra is equal to 0.460093 kg. Some other units are given below:^{[1]}^{[4]}
- 1 granos = 1/9216 Libra
- 1 adarme = 1/256 libra
- 1 sastellano = 1/100 libra
- 1 onza = 1/16 libra
- 1 arroba = 25 libra
- 1 quintale = 100 libra
Area
In Argentina, one vara^{2} was equal to 0.698896 m^{2}.^{[1]}
Capacity
Mainly two systems, dry and liquid, were used to measure capacity in Chile.
Dry
One almud was equal to 8.083 l.^{[1]}^{[4]} 12 almud were equal to one fanega.^{[1]}^{[4]}
Liquid
One cuartillo was equal to 1.111 l.^{[1]} 32 cuartillo were equal to one arroba.^{[1]}^{[4]}
References
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} ^{f} ^{g} ^{h} ^{i} ^{j} Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 4.
- ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
- ^ Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 23.
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 162, 163. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.