# 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]}

## 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

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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. - 1 2 3 4 5 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.