# Cuban units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Cuba to measure quantities like mass, area, and capacity. In Cuba, Metric system has been compulsory since 1858.[1]

## Units after metrication

In 1920s too, other units from non-Metric Systems, old Spanish and American and local, were also used.

### Length

Several units were used to measure length. Legua was approximately equal to 2 2/3 in,[2] which is substantially different from the value of a Legua in Spanish customary units and a League elsewhere, which varied from about 1,500 metres to 11,000 metres.

One vara was equal to 33.384 in.[2]

### Mass

A Number of units were used to measure mass. Some of units which were used in 1920s too in addition to metric system, and which belonged to old Spanish, American, and local, are provided below:[1]

1 tonelada (or millier[2]) = 1015.65 kg

1 tercio = 72.22 kg.

One libra was equal to 1.0161 lb.[2]

### Area

Several units were used to measure area. As in 1920s, one caballeria Cubana was equal to 134202 m2.[1] Some of units which were used in 1920s too in addition to metric system, and which belonged to old Spanish, American, and local, are provided below:[1]

1 Cordele = 1/324 Caballeria

1 Fanega = 1/12 Caballeria[3]

### Capacity

Several units were used to measure area. As in 1920s, one bocoy was equal to 136.27 l.[1][3] One barrile was equal to 1/6 bocoy.[1][3] One arroba (liquid measure) was equal to 4.263 gallons.

One fanega (dry measure), which was rarely used, was equal to 1.599 bushels, and one fanega (liquid measure) was equal to 16 gallons.[2]

## References

1. Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 5.
2. Clark, W.J. (1898), Commercial Cuba, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, p. 246
3. ^ a b c Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.