Honduran units of measurement

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A number of units of measurement were used in Honduras to measure measurements in length, mass, capacity, etc. In Honduras, metric system has been adopted since 1910, and has been compulsory since 1912, by a joint convention among Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Salvador.[1][2]

Pre-metric units

Before metric system, a number of modified Spanish (i.e. Spanish Castilian[2]), English and local unites were used, and continue to be used today by a large part of the country.[1]


A number of units were used to measure length. One vara was equal to 0.8128 m.[1][2] Some other units are given below:[1][2]

1 cuarta = 1/4 vara

1 tercia = 1/3 vara

1 mecate = 24 vara.


Several units were used to measure mass in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragus and Salvador. Some units are given below:[1][2]

1 caja = 16 kg

1 fanega = 92 kg

1 carga = 161 kg.


Several units were used to measure capacity in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragus and Salvador.One botella was equal to 0.63 to 0.67 l.[1][2] One cajuela was equal to 16.6 l.[1] The capacity of one cuartillo is very variable.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 5.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 157, 158. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
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