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.
Spanish customary units were used before 1848.
To measure length several units were used. Legally, one vara is equal to 0.836 m. Some of the units and their legal values as follows:
- 1 línea = 1⁄432 vara
- 1 pulgada = 1⁄36 vara
- 1 pie = 1⁄3 vara
- 1 cuadra = 150 vara
- 1 legua = 5400 vara
Several units were used to measure mass. One libra is equal to 0.460093 kg. Some other units are given below:
- 1 grano = 1⁄9216 Libra
- 1 adarme = 1⁄256 libra
- 1 sastellano = 1⁄100 libra
- 1 onza = 1⁄16 libra
- 1 arroba = 25 libra
- 1 quintal = 100 libra
Mainly two systems, dry and liquid, were used to measure capacity in Chile.
One almud was equal to 8.083 l. 12 almud were equal to one fanega.
One cuartillo was equal to 1.111 l. 32 cuartillo were equal to one arroba.
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