Venezuelan units of measurement
A number of units of measurement were used in Venezuela to measure quantities like length, mass, etc. Metric system was optional in Venezuela since 1857, and has been compulsory since 1914.^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}
System before metric system
Older system was Spain (Castilian) System.^{[1]}^{[3]} ^{[4]}
Length
Several units were used. Following of Granada:
1 vara = 0.8 m
1 meile = 6280 vara.^{[1]}^{[3]} Some other units are: 1 legua = 6280 vara 1 pie = 1/3 vara 1 cuarta = 1/4 vara 1 pulgada = 1/36 vara.^{[3]}
According to an older source, one vara was equal to 0.835 m (32.874 in).^{[4]}
Mass
Several units were used. Following of Granada: 1 libra = 1 kg 1 bag = 62.5 kg.^{[1]}
According to a source libra was equal to 0.500 kg.^{[3]} Some other units are:
1 tonelada = 2000 libra
1 carga = 250 libra
1 Saco = 125 libra
1 Quintal = 100 libra
1 arroba = 25 libra
1 onza = 1/16 libra.^{[3]}
According to another older source, one quintal was equal to 46.012 kg (101.438 1 lb).^{[4]}
Capacity
One arroba was equal to 16.137 l.^{[4]}
References
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. 1. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 14.
- ^ 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.
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} ^{f} Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 81.